Peter Wentz

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Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born 5 June 1979) is the bassist, back-up vocalist, and primary lyricist of Chicago-based band Fall Out Boy.

Out Magazine

"This Charming Man" Article, August 2008 [1]

  • When I’m going down the street I get called a fag all the time. We have iPhones, and I’m still getting called the same names as when I was 13.
  • Whenever you say that homophobia is stupid, you just get called gay.
  • When I said that I make out with dudes, there was a slight sense of sexual rebellion in that. And I probably even made it a bigger deal than it was.
  • I have a bit of a consummate victim in my head. That’s who I identify with throughout history. When I was 10 I would draw black eyes on myself because I thought it was cool. You’re so into people who are tragic. You want to be that so badly. But you probably aren’t really the tragic genius that you think you are.
  • Our culture bombards us with this idea that you’re not that, and if you are that, there’s something wrong with you, and then we’re going to call you that, and then it’s an insult. There is a sense of self-empowerment or recapturing who you are by people calling you ‘fag,’ and being like, ‘Yeah, I am a fag.’ Even though you’re not. What does somebody respond? That dude has nothing to say about that again.
  • Ambiguity makes you a lightning rod for people to hate you. Some days I wake up and I couldn’t be bothered at all. Some days you Google yourself and you can’t eat.
  • Being ambiguously flamboyant really does help. I’ve had so many people come up to me and be like, ‘I felt OK to come out of the closet after you said this.’ When someone says that to me -- it’s not an event I’ve ever been through, so I don’t know what to compare it to. I don’t think I even understand how important that is to someone’s life.

  • Q: What's your favourite shape? Mine's a rhombus!
    A: Mine's a Patrick.
  • Q: X-ray vision or bionic hearing?
    A: It's easy to hear people talking shit. I'd rather check out Patrick in his boxers with little heart prints on 'em. So vision I guess. [1]
  • Q: Will Fall Out Boy ever become Fall Out Man?
    A: The chest hair is in the mail. So hopefully we will in four to six weeks. depending on shipping.[2]
  • Q: (To Pete) Patrick, Andy, and Joe are all in a burning tent. Who do you save?
    A: They went camping without me? Let those motherf**kers burn.
  • Q: What are your thoughts on Simple Plan? Hottest member?
    A: I'd kiss David. I'd probably have to get him wasted first.
  • Q: Does Patrick keep his hat on during sex?
    A: It depends where we're having it.
  • Q: Can you please tell Patrick something really nice and sweet today? Just cute like, 'Hey you're my bestest friend' or give him a hug or something? I wish someone would say that to me today so could you be extra nice to him? (it makes sense in my head I almost promise)
    A: He's curled up in my lap and im petting his sideburns. i dont want to wake him up- shhh. haha.
  • Q: I was watching Cribs and I was just wondering, why do you have cheerios in your bathroom?
    A: I eat bowls of cereal in the shower. it tastes good and is more efficient. i also have cheezits hidden all over my house.
  • Q: Are you planning on trying to recreate any of FOB's songs into a different language like Spanish or something? That'd be interesting to listen to...
    A: If you've ever watched us in interviews we have enough trouble with english... but yeah maybe that would be cool- me and joe once sang the taco bell menu to each other.
  • Good you bring the bongos and I'll bring the incense- if thats the case then theres no hair cut in sight hahahaha.
    • After being told emo is the new hippie
  • Telling people not worry about other people always seems like a waste of breath. sometimes i wanna be saved, sometimes i just wanna float away. i am only enthralled by trainwrecks, i am drawn to them and want to cure them. i am so in love with the idea that there is more than just music going on with our band and our fans. wow, way too deep. time for bed, sleepyhead.
    • After a fan informed him that she was worried about him
  • Know that not a day goes by that I don't hope you're feeling okay.
  • I do not like green eggs and ham.
    • After being asked if he was really engaged and having a baby
  • No. Thanks for giving me something to live for, at least for one more day.
    • When asked if he knew that there was going to be a High School Musical 2
  • It's interesting to hear other people's interpretation of your songs
    • On Drew Goddard, writer of Cloverfield
  • Q: Peter Wentz, I think I have you figured out.
    • A: how do i send you my number so you can explain me to me?
  • Q: Patrick's sideburns vs. Ryan's sideburns. who's gonna win pete? it's all up to you
    • A: is ryan ross old enough to grow sideburns? i saw alot of hats with feathers in them and green pants but not too much facial hair. i think ryan and i went to a rave the other night by accident. pretty strange.
  • Q: do patrick's sideburns ever make you jealous?
    • A: yeah they wink and me all the time and say stuff like "dontcha wish you were this close to patricks ears?" oh wait did you mean like jealous like i cant grow cool sideburns?
  • Q: What's your favorite dessert? Mine's figs.
    • A: you seriously eat figs? what is this, desserts from the 1800's?
  • Q: Just how sweet is patrick's package?
    • A: semi-sweet. it bakes well in cookies.
  • Q: are you engaged to Ashlee and having a baby?
    • A: totally, we live in a castle in the sky, and my backyard is made out of clouds. it's real great except for when the dragon comes around.
  • Q: how did patrick get the scar on his right eyebrow?
    • A: his halo fell down and bumped him in the head.

Headline text

  • If you know me, you know how uncool I am. I stutter, wear bad clothes, make bad jokes, make conversation uncomfortable-- the list goes on. Thank you for making me feel okay. [3]
  • Underwear. It's like a d*mned leash. It also constantly reminds me of how funny I look naked. [3]
  • You can live with me in this house I've built out of writer's blocks. [3]
  • My parents treat me like I'm 14. They make me clean my room and stuff like that. They're always like 'I don't care what MTV says you are.' [3]
  • We're sick of hearing people say 'That band is so gay' or 'Those guys are fags'. Gay is not a synonym for shitty. If you want to say something's sh*itty, say it's sh*itty. Stop being such homophobic a**holes! [3]


  • It wasn't me! Look at how little I am. I'm a little guy. [4]
  • Wait, this isn't the girls' locker room? [5]
  • I'm covered in drywall and sweaty as f*ck! [6]
  • Two for 20, 2 for 20. Got a back-up. [7]
    • Talking about two hats he got
  • You're wearing my pants, you son of a b*tch.


  • We eat pretty healthy..Doritos, peanut butter. [8]
  • That's what you get for f*cking with my friends! F*CKING A**HOLE!


  • According to One Tree Hill, I have 37 tattoos.
  • Are you seriously going swimming?
  • [But as] 'I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me' ... they wake up with Pete Wentz from Illinois.
  • He has 'it' and doesn't even realize that.
    • on Patrick Stump
  • How I love the kitties and their kittiness.
  • Hugs not drugs, kids, come on.
  • I can only drink Starbucks. It has to be like, candy. I have to be drinking candy.
    • On how he takes his coffee
  • I don't bite, Patrick bites!
    Patrick: Yeah, I'm the only one who bites. We bite each other.
  • I had a girlfriend once, and I wanted to give her a photo of my heart, like an X-ray of my heart. I went to my doctor and complained about pains in my chest. He examined me and said, "There's nothing wrong with you." So I told him about my plan, and he sent me to the hospital to get an X-ray.
  • I know for a fact that you have free medical care in Sweden so... come on everybody, everyone, get up front! A few broken ribs isn't a problem!
  • I love fucking Southern girls! Wait, I didn't mean that as a verb...Not a verb!!. . .this song goes out to all the girls who say 'ya'll'!
    • When introducing "I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off" at a show in Memphis, TN on Oct. 27, 2007
  • I once loved a cat. Later on, I noticed it wasn't a human. It was not as sexy as I thought it was.
  • I think that I don't wanna be dead and gone, I just wanna be frozen and woken up when things aren't so shitty, in, like, the year 3000, maybe. And, er, hopefully by then, there'll be a Fall Out Boy musical and museum and possibly world peace created by our music.
    • Interview on YouTube
  • I want people to know that who you are in high school, isn't gonna be who you are for the of your life. We were all geeks in high school, and now look at us; now we're on T-R-FUCKING-L! YEAH!
  • If I ever want to get really rich really fast, I will just come to Canada and rob the fuck out of you guys! Ya know why? Because you all leave your f*cking doors unlocked!
  • If you aren't just a little bit depressed, then you aren't paying very much attention to what's going on in the world.
  • Just 'cause I'm in a band doesn't mean I'm gonna fuck you!
  • Me and Patrick are like each other's hot and cold. When I'm on, he's off, and when he's on, I'm off. We fight all the time! It could be either me or him. I can be the big mouth, and he can be really quiet but it flips around, it's him usually, but it comes back to me. Me and Patrick hang out all the time – it's strange; we're like each other's heterosexual soulmates!
  • My brain feels like it is on crutches.
  • Nature shows suck ass, though cobras are pretty sweet. Pretty much any animal that has a gang named after it is pretty badass. I would go for an animal combo, like a bear that carried a cobra-—total unstoppable force. Give that thing wings, and humanity is fucked.
  • Our sense of humor is directly attached to our penis- seriously. As are most other parts of our brain.
  • [Patrick and I] are married and live in a castle in the sky. Our neighbors are Care Bears. Grumpy Bear has a bad attitude, but I still heart him.
  • Slayer is an emo band.
    • When asked how he felt about Fall Out Boy being called emo
  • Sleep around, do drugs, and backstab your friend; that's what gets me through the days.
  • The great thing about the UK is that in normal conversation you can say 'cunt' and 'bollocks', and no one will say anything
    • At Manchester Apollo (UK) when introducing 'This Ain't A Scene, Its An Arms Race'
  • There are days I read the stuff about me on the internet, and want to cry and quit my band. People hate you without knowing. That's what this little world has become.
  • These jeans looked so good on me when I looked in the mirror I wanted to fuck myself.
  • This dude had me when his shirt came off; the voice he belted out was just the icing on top of hot man cake.
    • On Doug Neumann
  • This is my new favorite thing on tour. It's dry shampoo. Officially water will never have to touch you again...Your scalp never feels itchy, and you just really never have to shower again.
  • This song is about falling in love with a girl who says 'ya'll'.
    • Introducing "I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off" in Austin, TX
  • We have a lot in common. They like toys, I like toys. They like cartoons, I like cartoons. They're short, I'm short. We're, like, family!
    • on Japan
  • We want the theme of the party to be Golf Pros and Tennis Hoes. Kind of like, P-Diddy meets Risky Business.
  • We write songs for girls your age. Was that guy gay?
  • Joe: What's your favourite season?
    Pete: Mmm...I like, I guess, Christmas a lot.
  • When I look in the mirror, I see the same person I was when I was 14... I have the same flaws. I have the same strengths. I have the same fears.
  • When you're playing hard-core music, and you're screaming every night, it just grates on your ears, and at some point, the grass is always greener. You want to be doing something different.
  • Why are you making cupcakes when you're just gonna poop them out?
  • Yeah, right, we couldn't afford that guy.
    • After members Of the band +44 shout "LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE"
  • You know, in the US we take saying the word "goddamn" for granted, like, "goddamn I hurt my fucking foot!"
    • When introducing 'This ain't a scene, it's an arms race' in Melbourne, Australia
  • Younger guys and older ladies are definitely in. Just ask Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.
  • It's not like Zac Efron has shit on Joe Trohman.
    • When introducing "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" on the Young Wild Things Tour in Florida
  • It stands for friday night. What the fuck else would it stand for?
  • I'm a messed up newly-married man with a short attention span and a bun in the oven.
  • So I'm pretty much a loser and the only way I could hang out with the PussyCat Dolls is to host this show.
  • I wanna be hot like your girlfriend.
  • I think they did a split like that in Top Gun but they did it with planes instead of hot girls.
  • Someone should sign your band. Seriously.
    • To Panic At The Disco
  • (Patrick, while getting blood drawn) Tell me something stupid!

(Pete) Hi, my name's Pete Wentz!

  • But now we're gonna go to Burbank and get on some wires so we can act like Peter Pan.
    • at the honda civic tour live in phoenix

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