Hayley Williams Responds To Ex-Bandmate’s Homophobic Comments: “There’s A Reason Why There Are 3 People Left In Paramore”
Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams is speaking out against homophobia following the online circulation of an offensive post allegedly made by former guitarist Josh Farro, who left the band in 2010. (His brother Zac Farro also left the band at the same time but rejoined in 2017.)
“there’s a reason there are only 3 people left in @paramore,” Williams tweeted. “surprise, haters, it ain’t cause of me. paramore do not condone religiously/politically dogmatic beliefs which leave our LGBTQ+ friends, fans, & family feeling abandoned and hopeless.”
“and ya know, if that doesn’t jive with you, well, feel free to go to where all past members of paramore have gone which is literally anywhere else but paramore,” she continued. “to paramore’s LGBTQ+ family (and @ColormeBrian i am talkin straight to you) you are full of love and you are loved.”
While Williams did not mention Farro by name, he has been rumored to be anti-LGBTQ+ in the past, and a screenshot of a Facebook post comparing homosexuality with pedophilia has been making the rounds on Twitter today.
In other Hayley Williams news, she’s releasing the Petals For Armor: Self-Serenades EP in December. It will include acoustic versions of the Petals For Armor tracks “Simmer” and “Why We Ever” alongside an unreleased song called “Find Me Here.”
UPDATE: The band’s Zac Farro has also responded to his brother’s comments with the following statement.