Former Lostprophets stars would have killed frontman Ian Watkins if they had realised he was a child molester. Watkins, 36, was convicted of a catalogue of sickening abuse last year (13), including the attempted rape of a baby, and he was sentenced to 35 years behind bars for his crimes.
His bandmates initially hoped the allegations were "all a mistake", but they were horrified when Watkins pleaded guilty, and now they have insisted they would have reacted violently if they had known about the singer's abuse before he was arrested.
Guitarist Lee Gaze tells BBC Newsbeat, "How could you know? How would you know? Who would disclose such a thing to five people who have eight children? You just wouldn't because they would be killed on the spot."
He went on to add that the rest of the band had grown so distant from Watkins that he believes they would have split up regardless of the abuse case, adding, "He was doing his own thing. That just grew worse over the years, the more he was using drugs. He could be in the same city as me and I wouldn't hang out with him, even if we weren't playing shows."
Lostprophets split in the aftermath of Watkins' arrest, and the five remaining bandmates - Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson - formed a new group, No Devotion.
Former Lostprophets star Stuart Richardson smashed a platinum record to pieces in anger at frontman Ian Watkins' sickening child sex offences. Watkins was convicted of a number of shocking abuse charges, including the attempted rape of a baby, last year (13). He was sentenced to 35 years behind bars and the band, which formed in Wales in 1997, split shortly after.
Now members Richardson and Lee Gaze have spoken out about their shock and disgust for their disgraced ex-bandmate and the music they made with him.
Speaking to Britain's The Guardian, bassist Richardson explained how he believes their music has been tarnished by Watkins' actions, and he recently vented his fury by smashing an award he received for sales of their hit third album Liberation Transmission.
He says, "I don't know how his badness can't cancel out our music. We had platinum records in our houses, awards. I smashed Liberation Transmission the other day. The rest are in the garage and they'll probably never come out again."
Glaze adds that he will never be able to listen to their material from that time again: "I can't. It's tainted, because he was the voice of the band, and it was his lyrics."
They also reveal how they confronted Watkins in 2012 when his drug taking got out of hand. Glaze adds, "We had an intervention with him to get him off coke, and he denied he was doing it, and then a year later he was addicted to crystal meth. The gigs in 2012 were awful - on tour, he was barely functioning; he'd miss cues for songs and wasn't interacting with (the) audience. He really didn't spend much time with us. I'm quite a loner, anyway, and we weren't close... We were operating on a fractured basis, where we would only get together to do our job."
The pair has since formed a new band, Lost Devotion, with other ex-Lostprophets rockers Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson. Former Thursday star Geoff Rickly is acting as frontman.
The former stars of defunct Welsh rock group Lostprophets have returned to the spotlight as No Devotion to release a new single on Tuesday (01Jul14). The Streets of Nowhere hitmakers split in October (13) shortly before their frontman Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to a string of sickening sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.
The singer was jailed for 35 years, and his former bandmates - Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson - have gone on to form a new group without him.
They returned as No Devotion, fronted by former Thursday star Geoff Rickly, and released their debut single, Stay, on Tuesday. They plan to head out on tour later this month (Jul14).
Disgraced rocker Ian Watkins' former bandmates in Lostprophets never want to speak to their frontman again after he was convicted of a series of child sex offences at the end of last year (13). Guitarists Lee Gaze and Mike Lewis have labelled the singer's depravity "unbelievable" in a new interview.
Lewis, who grew up with Watkins in Pontypridd, Wales, says, "I tried reading the judge’s report. I couldn’t even finish it. To think that somebody I grew up with, who I had been friends with my entire life, whose mother I knew, and how close our families were... I find it utterly unbelievable that he was capable of doing those things."
Watkins, 36, was jailed for 29 years after admitting a host of child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. He pleaded guilty to 13 offences.
LostProphets split weeks before the rock star was sentenced, and the singer's old pal admits he has no interest in visiting Watkins in jail: "I’ve thought about it long and hard and, no, I have no interest in ever speaking to him again.
"I feel incredibly bad for his mother and his whole family and the stigma they have to endure now because of what he’s done and what his actions have done to hurt many people. But I have no interest in questioning him about it. Never."
And in the new Sunday Times Magazine interview, Gaze has described Watkins as a "weak character," adding, "He’s a bit of a coward, not a tough guy by any means. To be in prison, where he’s going to be the guy from the rock band with those charges, I was worried. But then I reached a point where real resentment set in."
He adds, "He spent the longest time trying to convince us that somebody was trying to get revenge on him. He’d created such a web of people, bouncing these women off each other, that it was perfectly feasible that one of these women hated him so much that she wanted to catch him out.
"I thought he was a lot of things - a drug addict, a womaniser - but I never, ever believed that of him. My first assumption was that maybe there was a mistake."
The former members of Welsh rockers Lostprophets are working on new music under a different name following the child abuse conviction of frontman Ian Watkins. The Streets of Nowhere hitmakers split in October (13), shortly before Watkins pleaded guilty to a string of sickening sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby, telling fans they could "no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets".
The singer was jailed for 35 years in December (13), and now the remaining members of the band - Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson - have reunited to start anew.
They have teamed up with ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly to record new music for his Collect Records company, although he is only working with them as their label boss.
Discussing the new project, he says, "I think if ever there was a group of people that needed a second chance, it's those guys - and they're going to take full advantage of it. People don't really think of what happens to the other members. That took away their life. What happened is just devastating for them.
"It's been my honour to work with them on their new band from a label perspective. People are not going to know what hit them when the new band comes out. It's like everything I grew up on: a little bit of New Order, a little bit of Joy Division, little bit of The Cure. It's just so forward-thinking."
The name of the new group has yet to be announced.
Former Lostprophets rocker Lee Gaze has thanked fans for their support throughout frontman Ian Watkins' child sex drama, revealing he's relieved the case is almost over. Last Train Home singer Watkins had previously denied all charges, including two accusations of attempting to rape a baby under the age of 12 months, but he changed his plea to guilty as his trial kicked off at Cardiff Crown Court in Wales on Tuesday (26Nov13), and the singer will now be sentenced on 18 December (13).
Two female co-defendants, aged 21 and 24, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also altered their pleas and admitted to a number of offences.
Further details of Watkins' crimes emerged in court on Tuesday, with prosecutors revealing that the singer had filmed his sordid encounters, with one 17-minute video showing him performing a sex act on an 11-month-old baby - the child of one of his fellow defendants. Investigators also discovered that he had set the password for his laptop to 'if**kkids'.
Shortly after the hearing, guitarist Gaze took to his Twitter.com blog to express his relief that the ordeal was nearing an end, writing, "That was over quick. Thank f**k (sic)".
He then addressed the group's fans, adding: "Thanks for the kind words. At least there is closure now."
Gaze and the remaining members of Lostprophets, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson, announced last month (Oct13) that they were splitting after 15 years together in light of Watkins' personal scandal.
Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson had to be asked to move along by police last week (13Nov13) after staging an hours-long gospel celebration on her Hollywood Walk of Fame star shortly after the unveiling ceremony. The Dreamgirls star was presented with the pavement plaque on 13 November (13) and she reveals she took her family back to the sidewalk spot that evening to gaze at the honour.
The get together quickly became a church-style event as family and friends joined the Oscar winner for a few hymns and spirituals.
The impromptu gathering, which lasted into the early hours, attracted strange stares from cops patrolling the area - and they eventually managed to convince the group to head home.
She says, "It was so fun. I tried to fly my whole, entire family to the ceremony so I had everybody with me, and it's just such an amazing honour...
"I ended up back at the star (afterwards)... I had to go make sure it was still there...! Like, this is really real. I took my whole family and we ended up having church (sic) on the star, singing. We stayed out there until like, two in the morning until the police removed us! We prayed and we sang... Well they (police) didn't kick us out, but they was (sic) about to by the third time they came around!"
Hudson was joined by her fiance, David Otunga, their four-year-old son David Daniel Otunga, Jr., music mentor Clive Davis, R&B star Raphael Saadiq and songwriter Diane Warren at the ceremony, where she paid an emotional tribute to her late mother, Darnell Donnerson, who was murdered in 2008 by the singer's estranged brother-in-law.
A long time ago...in a galaxy far, far away...everyone loved the original Star Wars movies, their mere mention evoking a pleasant rekindling of childhood nostalgia for an entire generation born before 1980 or so. However – quicker than your tauntaun freezing before it hits that first marker on Hoth – that all changed with the next trilogy. In fact, little Anakin wasn’t through one-loop of that pod race on Tatooine before many already bailed on the new installments, subsequently brushing off the series as a whole. Now, while for this writer’s money, the last half of the latter trilogy is as good as anything in the first, now is not the time for stoking the fires of Mustafar. That ship has sailed. Instead, we gaze ahead to the future. To 2015. To the new movies from Disney – and things every Star Wars fan should rightly fear.
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"The boy has no patience."
Was Yoda talking about Mickey Mouse? Perhaps so, given the studio’s insistence on a 2015 release. Don’t just make it to make it, guys. Make it good.
The Jar Jar Factor
It’s undeniable. The shadow of the classic misstep from trilogy two looms larger over even these flicks. Will Disney go for cute or cool with new characters?
To sing the impossible song
Surely I can’t be the only one to wonder if Disney will throw in more music into the Star Wars saga. Its animated offerings are chock full of this stuff. Shudder.
And we thought Obi-Wan was old
Can the original stars still kick Imperial butt? Will the Force still be strong with Hamill, Ford and Fisher? Or will that just be the stench of Ben Gay coming from their trailers?
Less is more. More is less
Will more mixed-reviewed Star Wars flicks further sully the series? A cash cow that literally wrote the rules on merchandising, maybe Lucas was right to sell when he did.
Justin Bieber Sleeping A short film. Written and directed by some girl.
Film school came in handy this morning when a short film capable of uprooting the tectonic plates of pop culture popped into the zeitgeist this week — an officially untitled art house project that we have dubbed Justin Bieber Sleeping (philistines that we are, shooting for the obvious). Tackling a wide array of themes in its 15-second runtime, JBS is dripping with artistic merit and sociopolitical implications, standing as the most important cinematic composition to hit our public conscious since The Kimyele Fiançailles. A fool's errand though it may be, we're daring to delve into this Kubrickian masterpiece and uncover everything that it is challenging us to understand about film, about society, about ourselves.
The Approach of the SingularityThe feature opens on a shot of two deceptively placid gadgets resting on an blanket-less sofa/bed hybrid. Monopolizing the bulk of the sleeping quarters while their allotted humanoids — the sleeping Bieber — lies helpless, a victim of the diabolically giddy anti-heroine whose video phone instills in her all the power that she might crave... or so she might think. It is not she, this nameless would-be sorceress, who is in control, but the electronic device. She dotes dutifully on its attentive eye, trying to please it with her incarceration of the languid prince and her fearsome choreography... but the hopelessness in the dead eyes of our leading lady shows too vividly that there is not enough food on the planet for this insatiable beast.
The Emptiness of the Hollywood ImageWe transition to our second vignette: a long, quavering shot of Bieber lying somnolent beside his baseball cap, rearing a florid tattoo. A hapless victim of his own brazen quests through infamy, Bieber has traded in his humanity for placement as an icon — his arm for an Rorshach test and his bedside counterparts for the blushing hat that has all but replaced everything to sit beneath. Nobody comes to Bieber's side in this time of need, in this time of hapless destitution. All he has are the items and the images he has amounted... with nobody left to revel in them, rendering them, and he, an element of nothingness.
The Dark Truths of Human PerceptionFinally, we meet our protagonist. The captor of our dissipating young artist. The eyes through which our story is told — with them, we gaze upon the tranquillity of innocence. We see not the menace in the gadgets, the hollowness of Bieber, but a scene of preserved tranquillity. But when these eyes are turned back upon themselves, we see things all too differently. The lighting dampens, the shots quaver hastily, and we're welcomed into the grimace of this woman. The venom of her deeds surfaces as we see her bask in the apprehension of the icon, clamoring for the approval of the all-seeing gadget. To our heroine, everything on scene rests easy. But from the swapped vantage point, we see the villainy, the treachery, the unholy sorrows in all that is represented in Justin Bieber Sleeping. As our film's creator and cinematographer, she represents the viewer as well. Our eyes. Us. She is recognizable as the epitome of human, doing all that she can to best and appease, to feed her own hungers for power and approval, these hungers strong enough to paint her meals with a picture of Rockwellian sanctuary. But as she blows this image, this horrifying image, her farewell kiss, we know that what she sees is not what is there. What we've seen... what we've known... it's all what we've forced ourselves to see and know, as the truth would be all too horrible to face.
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Kerry Washington has finally broken her silence about her wedding over the summer (13), insisting, "I hate keeping secrets". The Scandal actress exchanged vows with American football star Nnamdi Asomugha in a low-key ceremony in June (13), which they managed to keep out of the public gaze until July (13).
Washington has continued to keep quiet about her nuptials but has now finally commented on her big day, insisting she's still intent on keeping her private life a secret.
She tells E! News, "I hate keeping secrets; that is the worst thing for me, because I always want to talk about it. I am really private about my personal life...
"I try to be really naked emotionally in my work, and I am not holding back at all when it comes to my work. I am giving all that I can in my work... So my work belongs to everyone - because that's the choice I made - and my life belongs to me."