October 5th, 2012
04:09 PM ET
Darren Criss should really stop making his fans cry.
On the eve of Thursday's emotional “breakup” episode of "Glee," Criss — who plays the dreamy-eyed and dreamy-voiced Blaine, one half of one half of the show’s two power couples — penned an open letter to his fans on Facebook.
The 25-year-old covered a lot of ground in the note, outlining some of the early successes that laid the foundation for his breakout two years ago. Criss recounted the highlights, from starting work on “A Very Potter Musical” — the YouTube sensation that gave him his first boost of stardom — to first hearing about "Glee."
"I have a pretty wild imagination, but I never thought any of that could actually happen, let alone in such a relative short period of time," Criss wrote. "Here’s the deal - I work hard, I try to make the right decisions and do the best I can with everything I do and all that good stuff - but really, that can only go so far. There are so many contributing factors to what has happened for me that go far beyond my control ... And that’s where you come in.”
Acknowledging in advance that Thursday's episode was going to be tough for many, Criss wanted his fans to look on the bright side: With their support, he's gone much further than he thought he would.
"[M]uch of your support has allowed me to be on this show long enough to reach a breakup in the first place; it has created a relationship that people cared enough about whereby it was even worth writing an episode about its potential end," the actor wrote. "I never thought I would get to be around long enough for something like that. And I really have you, the fans to thank for it. It’s something to be proud of."
The episode featured Criss performing an acoustic version of "Teenage Dream," "which so many of you have supported since I sang it as my first song on my very first episode. I started playing this version at shows as a sort of 'thank you' to the fans, for making it such a big song for both myself and the show. It was the song that started everything":
As for what the future holds, executive producer Brad Falchuk told TVLine that "nothing is set in stone. For now things are different. But there's an enormous amount of love there, so there's a great chance of a lot of them getting back together."
What about you? Was last night’s “Glee” (and its break-up) the saddest thing ever — or does Criss’ note top the list?
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