Over the weekend, Gerard Way announced that he would be taking time away from Twitter in order to focus on “new things” that “require a lot of work and full attention, not unlike making albums.”

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During the time since, however, it seems as though Way has second-guessed the move due to feelings of isolation he has long harbored—from living in a basement and drawing, to defending himself from strangeness and feelings of mistrust within the industry. He has shared a series of tweets explaining his newfound thoughts, which you can read below.

Way clarifies that this is not a reaction to negativity online, something he calls “white noise” that is”so minimal that it barely needs mentioning.”

During his reflection, he also related with a few Twitter users about the nuance of working alone as an artist.