Tobi Bennington, the sister of late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, accused Chester’s bandmate Mike Shinoda of mistreating her brother throughout the years.
“My LP Family, ‘I scream at myself when there’s nobody else to fight; I don’t lose, I don’t win, if I’m wrong then I’m halfway right; I know what I want but it feels like I’m paralyzed.’ This is how I feel about Mike vs. Chester. Someday the truth will come out.”
A fan replied,
“I mean this with all the love in the world ’cause we adore you Tobi but it’s a little cruel of you to put this type of tweet out there which you know we won’t understand and will just upset and confuse all of us.”
And Tobi Bennington replied,
“Watching everyone talk about my brother and Mike has been causing me to have anxiety attacks and it feels cruel at times. I’m sorry for the pain this will cause. I need to take the bandage off. I pray you will support me.”
“This does hurt and I’m sorry. The focus needs to be on LP as a whole. Not as separate relationships. As a whole, LP had a solid bond. Individually this was not the case. I can’t pretend any longer. 💜”
“Individually they were not all ‘brothers’ but as for LP, that was a brotherhood. They were not best friends. Knowing how Mike treated my brother… It wasn’t kind. For the sake of LP they maintained a united front. And it worked but now the lie needs to stop. 💜”
“It’s only slander if it’s not true. And I know what I’m talking about is the truth. 💜”
“For the good of the order, LP was a unified brotherhood. The same cannot be said for individual relationships. The two of them were not best friends. 💜”
“Insincere actions and saccharine sweet words. I was too traumatized then to speak up. Honestly, I thought the charade was over but he only spoke louder. He was rewarded for his “pain.” And now the charade is growing and it needs to stop. 💜”
She later deleted her Twitter account. Chester Bennington tweeted in 2014, “Of course I love Mike. He’s one of my closest friends. He’s a genius and he’s a great person. What’s not to love?”
Another fan also replied and suggested Tobi to go and talk directly to Mike instead of publicly posting things like this, and Tobi replied:
“Mike knows exactly where the two of us stand.”
The singer’s ex-wife Samantha Bennington spoke up via Instagram, voicing her support of Tobi.
Samantha wrote when asked for her opinion by a fan:
“My sister-in-law speaks the truth. I just got off the phone with her and my son and I support her! We have many things of our own to say and we will speak them publicly when we’re ready! Our family stands strong!”
On the other hand, Chester Bennington’s niece Alyssa Morse has appeared to react to Chester’s sister Tobi’s tweets criticizing Mike Shinoda.
Alyssa tweeted, “Lol false news.”
Chester Bennington died by suicide in July 2017.