Two years after they exploded into the charts with their classical-infused pop, Clean Bandit are one member down. One of the founding members of Clean Bandit, Neil Milan, has shocked fans by confirming on social media that he has quit the band.
The musician, one of the founding members of the band, revealed his shock move to leave in a long post on Twitter.
He wrote: ‘Hello everyone, I have decided to leave Clean Bandit.
hello everyone, I've decided to leave clean bandit. Here is a little thing I wrote, thankyou for everything ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3HYbLTSvC9
— Neil Milan (@neil_milan) October 19, 2016
‘It was a decision that took me a very long time to reach but it is the right one. I wish Clean Bandit the best of luck even though I’m sure they won’t need it, here’s to all our futures.’ In his message he thanked ex-boyfriend and Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander. While a variety of people are thanked in his Twitter post, bandmates Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson and Grace Chatto are not directly named.
The band are best known for their collaboration with Jess Glynne on Rather Be, which won them a Grammy Award.
Their most recent release, Tears, with X Factor’s Louisa Johnson reached the Top 5 across Global charts.
Clean Bandit have also revealed their “great sadness” at the original member’s decision to leave.
“It is with great sadness that we must announce that our performances of Tears over the Summer were Neil’s last shows with Clean Bandit. He told us recently that he has decided to leave. We have had a wonderful ride together and we are extremely excited to see what he does next. We are also very much looking forward to our upcoming shows and to sharing our new music with you. Thank you all for your support during this time, and thank you Neil for being part of this amazing journey. We will miss you a lot on this next chapter and we wish you the best of luck for the future. Jack, Grace and Luke – CLEAN BANDIT” they wrote.