I know this is a The Wonder Years lyric, but it’s relevant.
I am pretty upset right now. I don’t think I need to explain what happened, search the name “Ian Watkins” and you’ll get the full story. It’s difficult seeing someone who had such an impact on me plead guilty to something like this, but he did it. There’s no getting past that. What’s done is done, and now he’s going to pay the consequences.
As a Lostprophets fan, I just need to keep this in mind though:
Lostprophets is and had always been much more than just Ian Watkins. Does his guilt change the way I feel about him? Of course. Does it change the way I feel about the band and their music? Not really. It’s not going to change the place these songs have in me or the fact that they contributed to keeping me alive during a few relatively difficult periods in my life. What he did was disgusting, but it’s not like the rest of the band are accomplices either. Listening to and enjoying the music he was a part of isn’t forgiving him or saying what he did was ok or even ignoring the fact that it happened, it’s simply enjoying something he was once a part of and excelled at.
With all that said, I want anyone who might stumble upon this to understand that I’m not defending him. He pleaded guilty. He admits and acknowledges the fact that he did something horrible. At this point saying you still support him and believe his innocence would be naive. Instead, I’m defending the rest of the band and the fans who, like me, will continue listening to the band’s music despite all that’s happened.
"A little piece of me grows old.
I keep on walking down this road.
I’ve seen a million people change,
but I will stay the same.”