Band members speak out about Ian Watkins’ actions

News has broken, in the last few hours, that band members from Lostprophets are “disgusted” and “angry” from learning what Watkins had been doing since he pleaded guilty earlier this week. The band members, Jamie Oliver, Lee Gaze, Luke Johnson, Mike Lewis and Stuart Richardson, gave a statement about what they thought and felt of the situation.

“Earlier this week, we learned that the allegations of child sexual abuse against Ian were true, and that he would not be contesting them in court. Until then, we found them extremely difficult to believe and had hoped it was all a mistake. Sadly, the true extent of his appalling behaviour is now impossible to deny. Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: we did not. We knew that Ian was a difficult character. Our personal relationships with him had deteriorated in recent years to a point that working together was a constant, miserable challenge. But despite his battles with drugs, his egotistic behaviour, and the resulting fractures and frustrations within our band, we never imagined him capable of behaviour of the type he has now admitted. We are heartbroken, angry and disgusted at what has been revealed. This is something that will haunt us for the rest of our lives. Being in a band has always been a labour of love and a platform to inspire people, not to take advantage of them. It’s still hard to believe this is happening and that someone we were once so close to has destroyed so many lives, lying every step of the way. Our hearts go out to Ian’s family, the fans and friends he betrayed, and most importantly, the victims of his crimes and others like them. We hope for justice, but also that Ian will truly take responsibility for what he’s done.” 

It seems as if the band were completely unaware of the seriousness of Watkins’ crimes and that they are among the millions of people across the globe who are applauded by the crimes which he committed to a number of children. In their statement they said “Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: we did not.” furthermore proving the level of secrecy that Ian managed to maintain throughout the years he was committing his crimes. To his fellow band members Ian was a regular drug user and an egoistical man; they had no idea of what serious and unacceptable behaviour was going on behind closed doors.

As for the band Lostprophets, they are no more and since October 1st have been split up. The band first formed together in 1997, where their success boomed and fan base grew. The music they made was undoubtedly one that will be remembered for years to come with classics like “Last Train Home” and “Rooftops”, but it seems now that Lostprophets will never shake off the label that Watkins has brought upon them.

Feel free to leave comments below on your opinion on this case, this is the third post I’ve made about Watkins’ actions and I want to hear your views on what he has done.

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