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Lostprophets announce split

By | Published on Wednesday 2 October 2013


Lostprophets have announced that they are splitting up, just under a year after frontman Ian Watkins was arrested on child abuse charges.

In a statement, the band said: “After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time. We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets. Your love and support over the past fifteen years has been tremendous, and we’ll be forever grateful for all you’ve given us. As we look forward to the next phase of our lives, we can only hope to be surrounded by people as devoted and inspiring as you guys have been”.

Watkins was arrested in December last year, and faces a variety of charges, including conspiring to rape a one year old, as well as making and distributing images of child abuse. He has been held in custody since his arrest and is due to begin trial, alongside two women facing similar charges, on 25 Nov.

When Watkins was originally arrested the band issued a statement saying: “We find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers”.

Lostprophets formed in Pontypridd in 1997, releasing their debut album, ‘The Fake Sound Of Progress’, in 2000. Initially the record didn’t have a huge impact, though did better, particularly in the US, upon its re-release the next year. They released five studio albums in total, the most successful being 2006’s ‘Liberation Transmission’, which went to number one in the UK. Their most recent album was their major label debut on Sony/Epic, ‘Weapons’, which went to number nine.