Hayley Williams and Chad Gilbert split

The couple of ten years "will remain close friends"

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 3 Jul 2017

Hayley & Chad split
Photo: theparasmoresband/Instagram

Paramore's lead singer Hayley Williams and her husband Chad Gilbert of rock band New Found Glory have gone their separate ways. The two have been together for nine years before tying the knot in Nashville last February.

The couple took to their respective Instagram accounts to share their decision to split, asserting that "marriage is not for the faint of heart" and that they will continue to "support each other personally and professionally."

So much more goes into putting a statement together than anyone will ever see. There's real life behind these black and white words. Sleepless nights and procrastination and sadness and fear... Unfortunately, it all ends up looking the same. Like some publicity crap.

The two of us have been together for the better part of 10 years. We've grown up together and we've been beside each other through a lot of goodness and a lot of challenges. There is a challenge trying to understand your own heart in the context of a relationship... and there is goodness in considering another heart, even in spite of your own. Marriage is not for the faint of heart. Love is an absolute risk. And it's up to each of us to stay hopeful even when the outcome isn't what we'd originally hoped for.

We want to publicly state – plainly, and only this time – that we are splitting up. We also feel it's important to state that we are going to be okay and in fact, we remain close friends who are good in each other's eyes. That's something we are deeply thankful for. Even though situations like these can feel defeating. We will continue to encourage and support each other personally and professionally.

Hopefully, you'll understand that the personal aspects of what we are going through are not for anyone else to carry. Only us. To allow people any further into this moment in our lives would be to dishonour our history together and our ability to move forward with integrity. Thank you to fans of both of our bands for all the kindness you've shown to both of us for so many years. Thanks to our families and friends for love us in all our seasons.

Hayley and Chad.

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