Justin Hawkins quits The Darkness

The Darkness vocalist/guitarist Justin Hawkins has revealed to The Sun newspaper that he has left the band, citing cocaine addiction as the reason. “I feel like I’ve lost three years of my life,” Hawkins told the newspaper. “I’m only just coming to terms with what has happened, because I was always off my face.”

Hawkins admitted to spending over £150,000 on cocaine over the past three years: a one way ticket to hell and gak, if ever there was one. “I'm not blaming the band for my problem - I am an addict. There are people who can be in bands and stay clean, but I'm not one of them, " he revealed.

Yet Hawkins suspects that, despite the departure of their charismatic frontman, in a disturbingly life-imitates-Spinal Tap twist the remaining members of the band will soldier on, while Hawkins himself appreciates the simpler things in life. "It sounds stupid but I now get a thrill from things like putting on a cashmere cardigan and feeling how soft it is,” he told the Sun. “I never used to notice things like that."

So – a blow to good time rock ’n’ roll, or good riddance to a band well past its sell-by-date? You tell us…

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