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The remaining members of Paramore have spoken out and pushed back against comments made by ex-guitarist Josh Farro and ex-drummer Zac Farro, who left the band in December after six years. The Farros issued a statement accusing singer Hayley Williams, her parents and her management of using Paramore and its members as essentially props to ultimately advance the career of Williams herself. They claim Williams was marketed as an indie artist even while securing major label backing and had initially pursued a solo career before joining the band.

In an exclusive interview with MTV News that will premiere this Friday (January 7th), Williams says, “There’s been a lot of things said online, especially in the past week, and it sucks . . . So we really wanted the opportunity to show our fans that we’re OK, you know? The three of us are still here, we’re not going anywhere. A lot of kids are still asking if the band is breaking up, and that just goes to show how broken the communication online can be, when rumors start traveling. So this is our way of showing that there’s a future and we’re stoked for it.”

Williams describes her reaction when she first heard about the Farros’ statement, saying, “I was not happy, and yeah, it hurts, because what we were told was that they weren’t happy, they didn’t want to do this, and you can’t be mad at someone for not feeling something . . . But then when it really became about all these other things, I was very surprised and kind of felt led on.”

Guitarist Taylor York says that the band was “bracing ourselves” for a statement from the Farros, adding, “It was really hard to read, just because it seemed like a lot of the stuff was pretty irrelevant to what happened . . . it just didn’t seem really necessary.”

MTV News will release a second excerpt from the interview on Wednesday (January 5th), in which the band members will refute several of the Farros’ accusations specifically.

The entire interview with what’s left of Paramore will be featured on Paramore: The Last Word, a live stream that will launch on on Friday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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