Former Smashing Pumpkins Bassist D’arcy Wretzky Slams Billy Corgan During First Full Interview In Nearly 20 Years

Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky has officially given her first full interview in nearly 20 years with Alternative Nation. During the chat, she opened up about about not being included in the Smashing Pumpkins reunion, the “insufferable” Billy Corgan, and more.

As she mentioned before, the bassist discussed how Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin were together in the studio without her knowing:

“I sent Billy a text saying I hope he and his family had great holidays, tell Chloe [Mendel] I said hi, his baby mama. Then it jumps to the day after he released the picture of he, Jimmy, and James. It was like oops, I maybe should have told D’arcy, she’s going to be pissed off.”

She also added:

“The fucking nerve, and then for him to come back and say, ‘Well, we haven’t seen you in this long, and you haven’t done this, and you couldn’t even make it to this. Everyone has shown up, and you didn’t?’ How could I, I didn’t even know you were there?”

Wretzky also detailed her final years with the band and their 1999 ‘Arising!’ shows:

“I was having a nervous breakdown. I had 30 plus panic attacks a day, I didn’t know what it was, it was terrible. The day after the tour, I had tried to quit two or three times, but it’s difficult to do when you have everybody, my husband, my family, telling me, ‘No, no, just wait until the next record.’”

She also revealed that all the stress caused her to miscarry, which she said was “always a fucking nightmare.” Wretzky continued:

“Billy loved to humiliate people and shame people in front of other people. It was incredibly abusive, and I was the only one who would fight back.”

Wretzky also talked about her struggles with drugs after leaving the group:

“You know how they’re always telling you in school, ‘Drugs will do this to you; they’ll do that to you, drinking kills your brain cells’? At the time, I was, like, ‘Good, maybe I can kill off all these horrible memories… I wouldn’t recommend it; it didn’t work. I count myself lucky to be alive.”

The bassist then discussed how reunion talks started in 2016, due to Corgan’s wrestling ventures:

“He said to me, ‘Well, maybe you know, and maybe you don’t, but with this wrestling thing I kind of got myself a bit into a bit of a hole.’ That was one of the first things he said to me. Billy always said, ‘Oh, I’ll never do just a reunion and play the oldies just for money.’ That’s exactly what it is now.”

She continued:

“It took me a long time to not care, and not hate him. Now I don’t hate him, I’m back to where I was at the beginning. I laugh at his antics, and I’m going to go about my own life, but I don’t feel sorry for him. I do think he needs to get an MRI though.”

Wretzky finished off the chat with the following:

“I thought he wasn’t reading my texts, then he said, ‘Blah blah blah, I wish you well.’ I was like, ‘You don’t wish me well, you don’t love me, you don’t love anybody, you don’t care about anybody.’ Then he’s like, ‘Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you!’ I’m like there he is! There is the real Billy Corgan, I finally got through to you! He’s a like a dog with a bone, you just can’t get through to him.”

You can read the full interview at Alternative Nation.


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