Late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s sister Tobi criticized Mike Shinoda and the public perception of his relationship with Chester in a series of tweets on Saturday night. Chester Bennington died by suicide in July 2017. You can visit 320 Changes Direction for mental health resources.
Below are transcriptions of the tweets, followed by the embedded tweets which show the context of many of the tweets, which were responses to comments from fans:
My #LPFamily, “I scream at myself when there’s nobody else to fight; I don’t lose, I don’t win, if I’m wrong then I’m halfway right; I know what I want but it feels like I’m paralyzed.”This is how I feel about Mike vs. Chester. Someday the truth will come out. #OfficialChesterDay
Someday it will make sense. Now is not the time. ?
Watching everyone talk about my brother and Mike has been causing me to have anxiety attacks and it feels cruel at times. I’m sorry for the pain this will cause. I need to take the bandage off. I pray you will support me. ???
I’m sorry you feel this way. And I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your sister. I know my brother very well thank you. And I know he wouldn’t want M vs C. He’d want unity. He’d also want it to be authentic. And I’m saying that it currently is not and never was.?
Yes. Let the music speak for itself. LP was unified in their message. Stop putting them against each other. As individuals, that’s another story. Keep the focus on LP and less about how close Mike and Chester were. ?
This does hurt and I’m sorry. The focus needs to be on LP as a whole. Not as separate relationships. As a whole, LP had a solid bond. Individually this was not the case. I can’t pretend any longer. ?
Individually they were not all “brothers” but as for LP, that was a brotherhood. They were not best friends. Knowing how Mike treated my brother… It wasn’t kind. For the sake of LP they maintained a united front. And it worked but now the lie needs to stop. ?
It’s only slander if it’s not true. And I know what I’m talking about is the truth. ?
For the good of the order, LP was a unified brotherhood. The same cannot be said for individual relationships. The two of them were not best friends. ?
The proof I have is my own witnessing of behavior and language. As well as conversations and the reality of time and place. This is not slander. I’m not disrespecting anyone. I’m merely asking for the charade to end. ?
My intentions were never meant to be cruel. I’ve been biting my tongue since the funeral. My patience has expired. And my strength is coming back. I feel strong enough to finally speak the truth. ?
Insincere actions and saccharine sweet words. I was too traumatized then to speak up. Honestly, I thought the charade was over but he only spoke louder. He was rewarded for his “pain.” And now the charade is growing and it needs to stop. ?
I’ve not been hacked. ?
The truth is not hate, even when it hurts. I’m not being disrespectful. Im telling it like it was. I get that you don’t know me. I would never make something like this up. ?
Mike knows exactly where the two of us stand. ?