Justin Hawkins Says Goodbye to the Darkness

Published: 2006-10-12
Lead singer Justin Hawkins has left his glam rock revival group the Darkness.

Fans found out about the departure in British newspaper the Sun on Wednesday with Hawkins saying that it was his time to move on.

"It would be damaging to my recovery to stay on. I'm not blaming the band for my problem - I am an addict," he said.

Hawkins was admitted to a rehabilitation clinic in August for drug addiction and will continue his program after leaving the band.

The Darkness released their debut record Permission To Land in 2003 and a follow-up last November One Way Ticket to HellÖAnd Back. When Hawkins went into rehab the band insisted that they'd begin work on a new record when he was released.

On the Darkness' official website the remaining members' future plans seemed unsure.

"We're sorry that you had to find this out through the newspapers, but we were hoping until the last minute that this - Justin's exit - wasn't going to happen. We - Dan, Ed and Richie - are still in total shock and can't say at this stage what the future holds. We would like to thank all our fans, partners and family for their continuous support. You will hear from us, once we know what we want to do..."

Though the Darkness may not continue, Hawkins has stated that he does want to pursue a solo career.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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I loved you guys.
Why did Justin Leave. The Darkness needs you man! Good Luck to you man! Good luck to the Darkness too. Don't give up on us. All your millions of fans. We want the darkness. Keep at it guys!!!!!
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