The times have changed for Corey Feldman for the better.
Granted, he was the receiving end of a lot of backlash and mocking following his Today show performance last week, but he told Us Weekly that he's handling it far differently than he would have as a younger man.
"I don't care if you're hiding behind a computer or a keyboard — it's not an excuse. It's not acceptable," he says of the some of the mean-spirited comments. "The somebody that you're talking about is a real person with real feelings and real emotions. And I'll tell you what, if I hadn't been through this one thousand times, I might've taken my life over it. And then how would everybody feel?"
"That's all I could think about when I went on that plane," he adds. "What if the plane crashed? I was thinking, 'What would happen if I died in a plane crash right now? How would everybody feel?' That the last thing that I saw before I got on that plane was them calling me a piece of crap."
Corey knows about being in the limelight, as a huge child star. He was recently thrust into the pop culture spotlight again when he performed his latest single, "Go 4 It" on national TV. Many felt the performance was bizarre, as it featured women dressed as angels and some pretty strange dancing.
"One thing I want to say is that everyone was singing and playing live and playing real musicianship there. There was no faking it, there was no lip-syncing," he said. "[The girls] were thrilled. They were like, 'Oh, my God, we did it!' I'm like, 'Good job, everybody.' And then I get on the plane and I immediately start sobbing. They're all looking at me like I'm crazy. They're like, 'What's your problem? We did great, right?' I said, 'You did do great. Unfortunately, nobody seemed to like what I did. But that's all right.'"
He cried about the reaction in Facebook videos that he has since deleted.
But then something happened: powerful celebrities began legitimately supporting the former "Goonies" star.
Pink tweeted, "Well I love ya @Corey_Feldman and I know how much it takes to get up there and do your thing. Keep your head up and know that you're loved."
Corey's former "Stand By Me" costar Jerry O'Connell tweeted "Proud of you @Corey_Feldman" with a link to the performance.
Kesha shared a picture of a story that chronicled Corey's pain amid the mean reactions.
"This just broke my heart. I wanna reach out to Corey Feldmen in a kind way and say that you have to not read that s---." she said. "People can be so horrible and mean online and it can BREAK you... Those people have never performed on the today show. It's easy to sit at a computer and talk s---. it's not easy to perform in front of millions. keep your head up. normal is BORING."
Despite the criticism, Corey has no regrets about his performance or his song.
"Going into anything, you're going to have some people love it and you're going to have some people hate it and that's OK. … I stand behind it 100 percent. We have gotten a lot of interest," he said. "When they see you pulling in these kinds of numbers, like 10 million views on a video in two days, that's really unheard of. Nobody expected this. But whether you love it or you hate it, you can't stop watching it. And that sells tickets. At the end of the day it's success. We have succeeded."
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