Interviewer: How does the ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’ video tie in with your high school days?
Gerard: It ties in no way to what we were like in high school. But the funny thing about it is our personalities did kind of come through in the video. Mikey is kind of like-
Ray: What does that say about me, man?!
Gerard: Well, I don’t know! I was definitely… I didn’t get picked on or punched in the face, but I was definitely probably trying to be a lot cooler then I was. Probably tripped and fell a lot. For sure. And Frank was definitely aggro. Our personality-
Frank: (yelling) What did you call me?!
(Gerard and Frank yell back and forth while everyone laughs at their bickering)
Gerard: …You see how aggro that was?
“Someone doesn’t like you? Fuck it. Having a bad day? Fuck it. Didn’t get that job, or that grade, or that promotion you wanted? Fuck it. Fighting with your lover? Fuck it. Feel fat today? Fuck it. Losing control of everything and everyone? Fuck it. What matters now won’t matter soon; the truly important thing is that you are alive, and that you have the capacity to do absolutely anything with this beautiful, crazy coincidence of being on this earth. Just stick your middle fingers in the air and think, ‘Damn, I have it good.’”-Gerard Way.