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Billy Corgan Talks Having Kids for 10 Days on Tour 'Without Assistance': 'Challenging to Say the Least'

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman toured with his two kids for 10 days without their mom, fiancée Chloe Mendel

<p>Billy Corgan/Instagram</p> Billy Corgan with son Augustus and daughter Philomena

Billy Corgan/Instagram

Billy Corgan with son Augustus and daughter Philomena

Billy Corgan is detailing his experience of touring with kids.

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman, 56, looked back on ending his recent leg of concert dates and opened up about what it was like touring with 5-year-old daughter Philomena and 7½-year-old son Augustus.

"As to the two humans beside me in this photo, I had them on this tour for about 10 days without assistance other than tour staff (thank you!) who’d keep them safe for those two hours on stage; otherwise they were my ‘problem’ to sort morning-noon-and night," he wrote.

"Bonding with your children in such an intense environment, their mother being away from their daily machinations as she herself is preparing for equally important endeavors, is challenging to say the least. But this is a first-world problem, because I can afford help (I chose not to have it), and we as a family have every advantage of my success yet often chose not to indulge as one might think," Corgan continued.

"There is nothing bourgeois in that, past not wanting to be wasteful and silly as those with affluence can often be where life pertains to indulgence. I grew up simple (and essentially poor) and simple I try to remain, stressing for these two beside me that family is the most important aspect or fundamental in life," he noted.

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"So being home now, with one asleep and the other telling she can’t put on her Yoshi shirt that we bought at Universal in LA the day my so-called ‘juice’ couldn’t get us into a sold-out theme park (her consolation prize), I am thankful to all who have contributed to my family story. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

Corgan shares his two kids with fiancée Chloe Mendel, to whom he popped the question shortly after their 10th anniversary last summer.

This will be the second marriage for Corgan, who was previously married to art conservator and artist Chris Fabian in the mid-1990s.

In 2018, Corgan opened up about life as a dad, and said Augustus was already starting to follow in his father's footsteps.

"He watches my music videos every day now, so I'm excited to see how he adapts to tour buses and arenas full of people," Corgan told PAWS Chicago's magazine of Augustus. "My guess is he'll very much want to come on stage to say hello or sing."

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