Welsh rock band Lostprophets have publicly announced their split after 15 years of being a band.
In December 2012, frontman Ian Watkins was arrested for sex abuse charges, and since then the band cancelled all upcoming shows and have been on hiatus. They have kept very quiet during the last 10 months, but took to Facebook today (October 1) to release a statement about the split.
To our fans:
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 15 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.
Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike, and Stu
Watkins is accused of 23 sex offences, some as brutal as raping a 1 year old baby. He denies the charges, but the singer stands trial in November.
Lostprophets have sold over 3 million records worldwide across 5 albums, won various Kerrang! Awards, and they headlined Vans Warped Tour just a month before Watkins was arrested. Some of their most memorable hits include Rooftops, Where We Belong and Last Train Home (above).
- Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins on suicide watch (contactmusic.com)
- Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins on suicide watch five times an hour as he awaits baby rape trial (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)