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Lostprophets split as lead singer awaits trial on child sex charges

By Rarken  |  Posted: October 01, 2013

Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins who is facing 23 sexual offences charges involving children

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LOSTPROPHETS have announced they are splitting up after 15 years.

The decision comes as lead singer Ian Watkins awaits trial next month on 23 sexual offences charges involving children, all of which he denies.

Confirming the split on Facebook, a statement from the Pontypridd band said: “We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets.

“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.

“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.”

Along with Ian Watkins, two women are also charged with sexual offences against children.

Their trial date is set for November 25 at Cardiff Crown Court and is expected to last a month.

The band have sold 3.5 million albums around the world and were co-founded by Ian Watkins, Mike Lewis, Mike Chiplin and Lee Gaze in 1997.

Chiplin left the band in 2005 with Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson joining the group in 1998, 2000 and 2009 respectively.

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