Lostprophets Split Following Singer's Sex Charges

The band have finally called it a day, almost one year after singer Ian Watkins was arrested on sexual offences against children.

Lostprophets Split Following Singer's Sex Charges
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Lostprophets have officially called it quits and announced their split, one year after singer Ian Watkins was arrested on child sexual offences.

In a statement on their Facebook page the band posted a statement announcing the end of their 15-year career and to thank fans for their support: "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."

Ian Watkins will go on trial in November for 24 charges of sexual offences, which includes spiracy to rape a baby and possessing an extreme image of a person having sex with an animal. Two other women will also face trial for similar charges.

The singer remains on suicide watch and is being checked five times per hour, according to NME.

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    daken_1
    Feel really sorry for the band members. Just imagine how the actions of one guy could impact their futures in the industry. If Watkins is guilty, I hope he rots in jail.
    sykryk
    New singer, new start.
    DickHardwood
    New name too. Lostprophets will always be associated with Watkins..that being said, if Watkins turns out to be innocent, he'll probably hang himself, his life's over and he'll forever be remembered for this. If he's guilty for trying to molest an infant, he won't last 2 weeks in jail..either way, chances are he's a dead man.
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    Why would his life be over if he's innocent all the fans seem to be supportive that he's innocent.
    MetalRock4ever
    There'll always be some idiots who will still slag lostprophets off cos they had a sick pedophile in the band. Especially since it's always been Ian who was lead singer for 15years (he didn't replace anyone from FSOP)
    Mr Winters
    Sad, they went downhill after Start Something but they were still one of my favorite bands. I was hoping they'd continue with a new singer, but this was to be expected. As for Watkins...I'll wait until the trial because innocent until proven guilty. But if he is indeed guilty he deserves all the shit he'll receive.
    MetalRock4ever
    I thought Weapons was a really good album tbh. You can hear aspects of Liberation Transmission in there. So, from my point of view, they were just pikin themselves up (aftr The betrayed) and now it's gone down to hell...
    Twofly
    This is hard to swallow, as they were one of my favourite bands and a huge inspiration to me...start something is one of the few albums I can listen to at any point in my life and still enjoy it...Ian was also a great vocalist and influence in terms of vocals...if he's guilty he deserves all he gets, but I really feel bad for the rest of the members and just to know Lost Prophets as a whole is no more
    jamie_hough
    Good band (in the early days) and start something was great, but to refer to Ian Watkins as a 'great vocalist' is a bit of a stretch if you ask me. You can hear him nearly puking up his spleen to reach fairly easy notes on most songs.
    Mr Winters
    He sounds great on record, not so much in live performances. At least in the videos I've seen. Sucks that I'll never be able to see Lostprophets live.
    Hungry_Hameds
    I suppose they were thinking of the children...
    guitarist5477
    Who says they already haven't? Besides it's not their jobs to think soley about the children, that's Ian's job, and the others that are being put on trial. The bandmates have a right to feel bad and think about their careers, don't put them on trial for the actions of another.
    thesmyth
    I think that was referring to Helen Lovejoy from The Simpsons. If not, then they missed a real trick there
    RoboHendrix
    Thanks a lot Ian... not only have you ruined the lives of whoever you were molesting, but you've also ruined the career of the 5 guys you were in a band with... I hope they can carry on... I hear that Gontier guy is not singing in a band right now.
    geor4ge
    maybe just give it a miss viewing him for an hour see what happens. to hell with the band think of the poor kid. I am sure that they will be grand but that child will not. ****in shame on him and everyone involved.
    JerBearX
    I hope the rest of the band go forth and make something even better. Too much talent to just fade into nothingness...