Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge talked about his identity being officially made public during the lawsuit with his former bandmates, telling Billboard:
“I’ve always tried to point out that there is a great difference between being anonymous and being unmasked, and I still will put a lot of effort into preserving the latter.
“The thing that I tried to achieve originally and what I’ve been trying to maintain is the sense of theater rather than a classic kind of rock ”n’ roll
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“I guess I’ve become a little bit more of a normal rock artist, but now it’s my job to do my darndest to preserve the aesthetic and the theatrical qualities, and I’m going to do my absolute best to do that.”
He added about how the whole thing impacted the new Ghost album “Prequelle”:
“I had a personal situation that urgently told me to salvage the situation and reclaim what is mine and also justify that it was mine to begin with. This was a record about survival through trauma. The end result is positive, but it’s about taking a very negative situation and forging it into something great that you can learn from.
“It’s just growing pains, and all of this shit has been the result of things going well, not the opposite. You have to be glad with what you have and cherish that. That’s what I’m doing as we move forward.
“My mission has always been to take it further and forward. That’s still highest on my priority list.”