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This hasn’t been confirmed by the band (at the time of writing this), but there’s very strong evidence that Mikey has cheated on Alicia with another woman, who he’s now engaged to. Normally I wouldn’t bring this up until it was officially confirmed, but I do think certain things need to be said.

First of all, here’s the story: a woman named Sarah (I’ve heard she’s a 20-year-old model) posted photos on her Instagram of her and Mikey kissing and cuddling, and claimed to be engaged to him. Here are the photos: ffrankiero.tumblr.com/post/415… (She made her Instagram private after fans found it and started commenting.)

At first people thought that Mikey and Alicia broke up and didn’t tell anyone, but Alicia tweeted she’s devastated (she’s since made her account private), and Lyn-Z has backed her up and made angry tweets that are presumably about Mikey. So apparently this was news to Alicia. I’ve also heard that they were still married while he was cheating.

I was horrified by this, and by horrified I mean I spent the night puking. I idolized Mikey and thought he was a total sweetheart who would never do something like this. I still love the guy, but this is a permanent stain on my image of him. As cheesy as this sounds, I’ll never look at him the same way. No matter what his reasons were, what he did was shameful, childish, and hurtful to everyone he lied to.

But this reminded me of a conversation I saw a while ago. A photographer met Kanye West and took a photo of him, and a commenter argued that Kanye was a jerk: comments.deviantart.com/1/6585… When I saw that conversation, it really made me think about celebrities. It’s easy for us to judge them, accuse them, and criticize them, because we often don't think of them as people. There’s no doubt that many celebrities DO act like assholes-- it’s hard to forget Kanye snatching the microphone out of Taylor Swift’s hand and humiliating her in front of thousands of people. There’s no excuse for that behavior. But at the end of the day, we don’t know Kanye. We have no idea what he’s like or what his motivations are. All we see is what the media gives us, which is often exaggerated.

To be clear: I’m not trying to excuse Mikey at all. Like I said, what he did was horrible, and he needs to “man up” and apologize to the people he hurt. I can’t even imagine what Alicia is going through, as well as the friends and family who probably had no idea. I’m absolutely sickened by it, and I'm just a fan.

But he’s not a monster. We don’t have the right to call him names, scream at him on Twitter, mock him, or make stupid threats. Because we have literally no idea what Mikey or his relationship with Alicia is like. I’m not trying to say it was Alicia’s fault by any means-- good wife or bad wife, he made the decision to cheat-- but we have no clue what drove him to this. Did he act stupidly and selfishly? Absolutely. But all we know is that he wasn’t getting something that he needed.

What I’m trying to say is: if you’re saying “mikey cheated on her cuz he’s a piece of shit,” you’re wrong. People are more complex than that.

If you’re upset by this, think of this quote: “Just because we do bad things does not mean we are bad people.” This stupidity does not invalidate the good things he’s done in the past (and there are a lot of them) and the good things he’ll do in the future. Of course, I don’t want people to go the other way and scream that it’s all Alicia’s fault, but you don’t have to hate Mikey because of this. If the hate he’s getting is upsetting you, step away from the computer. Don’t scroll through Tumblr and make yourself more miserable. I did that, and believe me, it’s not fun. Make up your own mind about him.

I hope I don’t sound like I’m defending him, because trust me, that’s the last thing on my mind. I don’t want people to blindly love him-- I want him to confess and apologize for his mistakes. I want him to EARN forgiveness. But I also want to remind the fandom that this is a matter between Mikey and his family, who we know little about. Frankly, it never should have been made public like this in the first place. You can be upset, disappointed, and angry-- even hate the guy if you want-- but don’t add fuel to the fire and scream insults at him. Because in the end, he’s a human, not a monster. Going nuts just makes a bad situation worse. He did something very stupid, and all we can do is hope that he takes responsibility.

(By the way, if there’s any major news on this, please let me know. I’m going to avoid Tumblr for now. It just makes me ill.)
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masuba Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I was horrified too! I love MCR & when i found out i started freaking out! i had to take my anti-anxiety meds
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toad1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Writer
Yeah, I was really freaked out too :/ I've calmed down since then, but it was horrible for a while.
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SharpestLife19 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well put. I am also horribly disappointed and personally believe there is NEVER a reason to cheat. If you want to be with someone else, have the balls to leave the other person first. Lying is for pussy bullshitters, I should know because my mom did it. Peace out, motherfuckers.
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KarmaKid94 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Writer
I might cry. I'm completely disillusioned right now. Out of all of the band members, Mikey was the one I connected with instantly as the nerdy younger sibling. I was born on his birthday. I find this incredibly upsetting. I kind of need a hug.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Writer
Yeah, I was really upset by this too :/ (And still am.) There has to be more to the story, though. You don't go from sweet guy to cheating asshole overnight. I wish he'd say something to we could hear his side of the story.
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KarmaKid94 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Writer
Me too! I keep waiting for him to say SOMETHING.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Writer
Yeah, and it's been so long (and Frank and Ray are tweeting away like nothing happened) that I'm worried they're taking the no-comment route. The longer this gets dragged out, the worse it's gonna be for Mikey.
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KarmaKid94 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Writer
Well either he or Alicia are going to have to say something EVENTUALLY, right?
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toad1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Writer
Yeah, if nothing else, it'll probably come up in an interview. But damn, I don't want to wait that long :grump:
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KarmaKid94 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Writer
Distract yourself with other obsessions. That's what I do. I'm currently watching every movie with Jeremy Renner in it that I can access.
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