[Blind Gossip] This singer pretended for years that she and one of her colleagues were “just friends.”
That was a lie.
They were a couple, and her intimate relationship with him created a lot of stress on the job. At any given point, one or the other was always threatening to quit. He walked. She married another guy.
Then he came back into her life… and now she’s now getting a divorce. Coincidence? Ha! Not that she’ll tell the truth about it.
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[Optional] Do you think she will end up with her colleague?
Singer: Hayley Williams from Paramore
The rock band Paramore originally consisted of Hayley Williams, guitarist Josh Farro, his brother drummer Zac Farro, and bassist Jeremy Davis.
This led to a series of events where business and personal lives overlapped and became very, very messy.
Not necessarily in this order: Hayley and Josh started dating (Shhhh! Nobody was supposed to know!).
Hayley and Josh started fighting.
Hayley started dating musician Chad Gilbert from the band New Found Glory.
Josh and Zac quit the band.
Jeremy quit, too, suing everybody in over royalties.
But wait! There’s more!
Not necessarily in this order: Hayley married Chad
and a dog.
Hayley made up with Zac.
Hayley formed a new trio with Zac and a new guitarist named Taylor.
Hayley made up with Josh.
Hayley and Chad are now divorcing.
That about sums it up.
Oh, just one more minor detail: Hayley and Josh are now dating again! (Shhhh! Nobody is supposed to know!)
Yep. We’re sure that’s just a coincidence.
Congratulations to Tigtig18 for being first with the correct answer!
A few years ago, your friends at Blind Gossip told you about the messiness known as Hayley Williams and Paramore.
Since 2004, the band has consisted of Williams… and seven different guys, who came and went when they got fed up with Williams.
Hayley Williams just gave an interview to The Guardian in anticipation of the release of her new album Petals for Armor.
While our blind item was focused on her personal relationships, it turns out that there was a lot more messiness going on behind the scenes!
Williams says that she was depressed and that she developed an alcohol problem.
An eating disorder dropped her weight to 91 pounds.
She was suicidal.
From The Guardian:
Paramore’s Hayley Williams: ‘A lot of my depression was misplaced anger’
Williams is now 31, and all of 5ft 1in tall. Sitting in a London hotel room, pastel tie-dye leggings breaking up her black attire, she lets out a delighted and mortified howl as I read the karting entry from her old LiveJournal and relate it to how she continued to ride out her pain.
First as the songwriter and vocalist of the Nashville pop-punk band Paramore, she was plagued by a carousel of members quitting in high dudgeon, inevitably smearing the singer on their way out.
Later, as a wife in a marriage she knew she shouldn’t have gone through with.
“High dudgeon” = anger or resentment.
On Paramore’s first tour as a united front, for their superb 2017 album After Laughter, she preached self-acceptance while on stage, but drank to mask her depression.
“One of my biggest healing moments was realising that a lot of my depression was misplaced anger. I really forced it inward, on myself, and it made me feel shame all the time.”
She was mad about her parent’s divorce.
“It is terrifying to live in that reality because you realise you are the villain,” she says. “You just keep fucking up your own story on purpose because you’re scared for something to go right and still mess up.” She developed rashes, stopped eating and her adrenal activity flatlined. She left the relationship, abandoned her possessions and moved into a Nashville cottage with a mattress on the floor, patio furniture lent by her new neighbours and a bat infestation problem that cost $10,000 to fix.
A bat problem? She should have called Batman!
The After Laughter promo cycle was just beginning. When Paramore shot the first two videos, Williams weighed six and a half stone. “It wasn’t until I saw the pictures that I was like, there’s no hiding that I’m not OK now,” she says. “And part of me enjoyed that – if people know I’m not OK, they won’t get too close.”
Six and a half stone = 91 pounds.
Her bandmates coaxed her to eat after the tour started. Then her coping mechanisms went into overdrive. Williams’ ex is straight-edge, so she hadn’t drunk alcohol for most of her 20s. “But it wasn’t really about me,” she says. “It was about people-pleasing.” Her divorce and slow acceptance of her emotions left her downing tequila before the encore, “looking to break free from a prison that I’d put myself in and to also forget at the same time”.
So she started eating… and then started drinking.
So it’s a good thing she didn’t call Batman. He could have shown up with his box o’ alcohol.
She wouldn’t describe herself as depressed, even though she had felt suicidal. “What I hated was at the time it was still sort of new to see the word ‘depression’ – it became such a hot-button word, almost clickbait?” she says tentatively. “And it scared me to become part of that conversation, especially if I wasn’t even sure what was actually going on with me.”
You can read the entire article here.
Good for Hayley for facing a lot of the issues that were getting in the way of her talent. We hope her life gets happier!