After The Outsiders was released, Rob's fame skyrocketed—especially with female fans. In his memoir, Rob reveals what it was like to be a teen heartthrob: "On the way to the car, I see them. They are swarming. Girls who look to be between the ages of 12 and 16 years old. They are whispering, pointing and staring at me. And then they charge. One girl grabs me by the arm. Another by the hair. One girl is literally untying my shoes while another steals the laces."
Rob says his fans' excitement was great—but there was an unsettling side to it. "There's something that just doesn't feel quite right," he says. "It took literally years for me to figure out what that is, and it was a big part of my recovery. And what it is, is that phenomenon really doesn't have anything to do with you. It's sort of about them."