Ghost singer and founder Tobias Forge, who performs as Papa Emeritus, unmasked himself publicly for the first time since the band was formed for an appearance on the Swedish radio show "Sommar i P1." The daily program, on which one well-known Swede speaks without interruption for 90 minutes about whatever he or she likes, has been on the air since 1959.
During his appearance on the show, which aired last Thursday (August 17th), Forge spoke about his family life and particularly his older brother, Sebastian, who died of heart failure in 2009 the day after Ghost posted its first song on MySpace. At one point, Forge spoke directly to his late brother and was sobbing and crying while lamenting the fact that "we didn't get to experience this thing together."
- Forge also said that his mother was so proud of him that she was telling everyone about his involvement with Ghost even though the bandmembers' true identities were supposed to be kept secret, adding, "I guess it doesn't matter anymore."
- Forge signed off the show by saying, "My name is Tobias Forge and I'm the man behind the mask in Ghost. Thanks for listening."
- Although the identities of Forge and the other members of Ghost -- who also performed with masks and were known only as Nameless Ghouls -- had been a closely guarded secret for years, the wall of anonymity began to crumble last year after Forge fired the entire lineup.
- While personnel had come and gone in Ghost over the years, four ex-members of the band sued Forge after the mass dismissal, accusing him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group's albums and world tours.
- In his own court documents responding to the suit, Forge named himself as the person who developed Ghost's image and stage show, as well as the Papa Emeritus persona, while blaming his former bandmates for "destroying the mystery" around the group.
- Ghost broke out internationally in 2015 with its third album, Meliora, which featured the Grammy-winning hit single "Cirice." A follow-up EP, Popestar, yielded the Number One rock radio single "Square Hammer." Ghost is currently off the road and working on its fourth full-length LP.