Around midnight last night, Motionless In White released a statement confirming founding drummer Angelo Parente has left the band. Read what the band as well as Parente had to say in their respective letters below.
Original message from Parente:
“To my friends, family, and all the amazing Motionless In White fans, this is very hard to say, and I’m sure it will hit me harder soon, but I will no longer be in the band.
This decision did not just all of sudden happen. After doing this since I was 17, the nonstop touring, and everything else that comes with the life of a musician, has finally caught up with me. It has affected me mentally and physically and it’s to a point where the best thing for the rest of the band and myself would be for me to call it quits.
Please know that the band and I are on good terms, best of friends and I love them all very much. No matter what, I would not give up what I have been through and experienced with the band. It has been the best years of my life. I got to travel the world with my best friends almost every day. I have met so many great people along the way and made many friends I will never forget. I will miss you all. Not seeing the guys in the band will be tough to get use to, but I wish them the best of luck.
Motionless In White has so much in store for you all, so please continue to support them to the fullest. I’m not sure what’s in store for my future, but right now I need to be home and breathe. Get myself together and figure it out. Please make sure to stay in touch. You know where to find me online and its a lot of fun sharing what I do with everyone throughout my life. Whether it’s my art, food, dog, clothing designs, etc., you guys give your opinion and I’m grateful to have that. I am truly sorry to all that I have let down. Thanks for the constant support you have given me over the years, I will never forget it.”
Statement from MIW:
“We hope that he will find the relief he is searching for and that this is nothing but a positive move on his part. We are extremely sad to see him go, but we fully support and understand his decision to do what’s best for him. We are and will remain on good terms with him and really hope that all of our amazing fans will support him in whatever he chooses to do from this point on. He has been a part of our band and our family since its conception and this will take some adjusting for everyone, but as always, we appreciate all the ongoing support.
**YES WE WILL BE PLAYING ALL SCHEDULED TOUR AND SHOW DATES. NOTHING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.**
Thank you for reading and letting Angelo know he will be missed. We love you Ange, thank you for joining us during what will be looked back on as some of the best years of our lives.”