The 45-year-old actor made his triumphant return to the Today show stage on Thursday, after his performance on the NBC morning show last month of his song, "Go 4 It," went completely viral -- becoming the most-watched clip of the year on the show's website. But Feldman was quickly hit with plenty of online hate about the curious performance, and in a now-deleted Facebook Live post last month, he sobbed while talking about the "awful" things being said about him and his band.
Feldman addressed all the hate on Thursday, but said that he also received plenty of celeb support from the likes of Pink, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, and Paris Jackson. He also listened to uplifting advice from a friend to help him through his depression.
"When KISS first started, when Eminem first started, when Nirvana first started, they all got hate," Feldman noted to co-anchor Tamron Hall. "People were turning them off at the radio stations, people were walking off the dance floor at the clubs because it didn't make sense to them at that time. But they all became amazing legends."
"That really turned it around for me because I'm like, 'You know what, you're right,'" Feldman continued. "A lot of people get hate in the beginning because they were doing something new. It hasn't been done before, but it's all about innovation and being an artist, and we can't be afraid to show our art."
The Stand by Me actor dedicated his new song, "Take a Stand," to America.
"This song is for America -- we are at a time right now where the world needs to focus, really, on peace and love and tolerance, especially with all the bullying," he explained.
Feldman took to the stage in a gold jacket and light-up sneakers, and once again completely captivated the audience.
On Wednesday, Feldman wrote a personal essay on Today.com, once again calling criticism of his "Go 4 It" performance "painful."
"As an artist, if I fail and make mistakes, that's when my critics have a field day. However, the most painful part is when you get it all right, and remember all the parts, yet you open your computer, and read comments that would tear a hole through any commoners' hearts," he wrote.
"As an artist, I must stand strong," he continued. "I must keep moving forward, no matter what. Baring my heart through my song. But just like the rest of you, I only strive to belong. ... As an artist, I simply do all that I can to bring a bit of joy and entertainment for my fellow man."