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Slaves Kick Out Jonny Craig Following Relapse, Craig Issues Statement


Slaves have announced that they have removed their frontman Jonny Craig after an apparent relapse. Craig has infamously struggled with substance abuse over the years, at one point defrauding his fans to feed his addiction under the guise of selling them MacBooks a number of years ago.

In 2016 Slaves‘ lineup saw a mass departure of members as Craig opened up on his struggles with addiction. In a statement issued by the band today, January 24th, the group stated:

“To Whom It May Concern:

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Jonny Craig has been removed from the band Slaves.

We all have struggles in our daily life, but for some, those struggles are personally and physically dangerous. It is no secret that Jonny has battled with addiction in his personal life, sometimes those battles are won, and most recently lost.

It’s also unfair for a band to rely on someone who just can’t rely on themselves. Addiction is a disease, and we hope Jonny gets the help that he needs. Unfortunately, Jonny chose his addiction over the band and left them high & dry while checking in for their international flight while he boarded a plane back home.

As a band we’ve worked too hard to stop now. Fans that have been touched by our music, everyone that has enjoyed our songs, to anyone that has met us as a band we will continue on with Slaves.

Unfortunately, due to this, we are forced to cancel our Bristol, UK show tonight. Never fear, thankfully, our good friend Matt McAndrew (who you’d recognize from The Voice) will be filling in on all remaining England & European dates to help us in this trying time. We also have some exciting news on the future of Slaves (we think you will be excited) coming soon.

To everyone, thank you for your continued support.

Taking to the internet in a statement of his own, Craig told a slightly different story, stating that he stepped down from the band to enter rehab:

“First before I say anything I just want everyone to know how much I love and appreciate all the support I have had through these years of an amazing career.

I am not here to make a statement addressing drama or starting any. these last few months have been super overwhelming and unfortunately I have let myself break and get back to a dark place.

I wanted to wait for the band to release what they were going to say so that you guys had the info you needed to make sure you can still catch them on the ETF tour dates.

Every single person in the band put in a lot of work to make that set and it should be seen. I don’t want to make this long so ill get right to it. I relapsed and used and it is the reason I am stepping down from slaves at this time.

for the first time in my career and in my life I will be doing whats best for me and my sobriety and health and I stayed home to focus on a program and medications that will help me get back to feeling like I honestly belong out here touring and making beautiful music for each and everyone of you.

This was the right choice and im sorry to the band for the tight position but they have been left but they have been left in at such short notice.

again I love all of you and this isn’t me quitting music.. this is simply me just putting everything on pause like I should have done in the past and take a real honest and aggressive approach to my disease.

Thank you all for the support and love and please respect the silence that will follow this message.

Yours truly Jonny Craig

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