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Hayley Williams Reveals That She Quit Paramore For A Short Period Of Time

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Paramore front woman and pop punk icon Hayley Williams recently admitted in a new interview that she had quit Paramore for a short period of time back in 2015 due to suffering with mental health issues caused by her extensive depression.

When talking to The Fader, Williams opened up about her time suffering with the mental illness which resulted in her seeking out a therapist. Williams said, “For the first time in my life, there wasn’t a pinhole of light at the end of the tunnel.”

She continued to explain “I thought, ‘I just wish everything would stop.’ It wasn’t in the sense of, ‘I’m going to take my life.’ It was just hopelessness. Like, ‘What’s the point?’ I don’t think I understood how dangerous hopelessness is. Everything hurts.”

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“I just was done. I thought, There’s gotta be something else that I’m good at in my life. Maybe it’s time for me to go find that.”

Paramore’s long term guitarist, Taylor York reportedly also helped with Williams’ recovery throughout the tough time, the article stated.
“We both had doubts, and we had unity in that,” Taylor says. “I told her she didn’t have to do stuff. But I just kept writing, and then there was this time that she got it again.”
Paramore recently released their fifth studio album “After Laughter” last month, which was reportedly the album that was made during Williams’ hardship.
The release of the album struck a fair amount of controversy from long term Paramore fans due to the band not sticking with their pop punk routes that many fans grew up with. However, the controversy hasn’t taken away from the albums large success.
Williams also later compared Paramore’s latest album “After Laughter” to their self-titled album “Paramore” in another interview.

“I never struggled with anxiety until these past two years, like, ‘what if I never make something that I love as much as the self-titled album? What if our fourth album was our last album?’ There was even a moment where I thought it should be our last album, because I don’t want to make a fifth album and it sucks. I don’t want to disappoint myself more than I don’t want to disappoint how many people that might buy it. I never made a fifth record before, until me and my friends wrote it and recorded it.” She said.

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“I think when I’ve felt something in my gut, and I didn’t follow that, I’ve paid for it every time. I think that we do know ourselves, I think we do know our passions and the things that might put us in danger—these are instinctive things,” Williams says. “We know what we’re capable of, and even when we know we might not be capable, we know we when can give it a shot and be alright.

She then continued “For me, following that gut feeling, even when it didn’t work out or look the way that I thought it would, has always paid off.”

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