Clean Bandit’s violinist Neil Amin-Smith has quit the group.
Taking to Twitter, the gay heartthrob reveals his decision to leave the Grammy Award-winning group took him “a very long time to reach but it is the right one.”
While he doesn’t state his reasons for leaving, the piano and violin player thanks many of the group’s musicians and entourage and, of course, their fans: “So many people have made these last four years quite unbelievable and I am so thankful for it all.”
Clean Bandit broke into the mainstream in 2014 with their massively successful single “Rather Be“, which was the seventh single to go 3x platinum in the UK and gave them a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
The band are set to release their second album in the upcoming months, featuring the Louisa Johnson-assisted lead single “Tears“.
Whatever the reason, there’s no love lost between the founding members as Neil states, “I wish clean bandit all the luck even as I feel sure they won’t need it, here’s to all our futures.”
Read the full statement below (peep the shout out to his ex, Years & Years lead singer, Olly Alexander.)
hello everyone, I've decided to leave clean bandit. Here is a little thing I wrote, thankyou for everything ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3HYbLTSvC9
— Neil Milan (@neil_milan) October 19, 2016