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Ex-Lostprophets Members Open Up In Sunday Times Interview

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Rock Sound 27 May 2014 at 10.50

Mike Lewis and Lee Gaze have opened up in an interview with The Sunday Times.

In this week's edition of The Sunday Times, ex-Lostprophets guitarists Lee Gaze and Mike Lewis have broken their silence over the Ian Watkins scandal, alongside Karen Ruttner, a former girlfriend of Watkins and member of the band's management team.

Watkins was sentenced to 29 years in prison plus six years on license back in December, after pleading guilty to a string of sex offences against children.

Among many things, The Sunday Times feature details Watkins' descent into sex and drug addiction, although the band protest that there were no signs or anything to raise suspicion as to what he was eventually charged with:

"There was absolutely nothing that led us to suspect what he'd done," says Lee. "I think he crated such a smokescreen. I hate to rely on cliches, but when you see the profile of a paedophile, he couldn't be any further from it. He was always surrounded by all these women, so it just seemed impossible."

Lewis details how the bands' relationships with Watkins eroded before the truth emerged: "I couldn't even have a conversation with him towards the end. On the rare occasion when I would have to be alone with him, I absolutely dreaded it."

And somewhat unsurprisingly, the pair confirm they have no intention to contact him in prison. "I've thought about it long and hard, and, no, I have no interest in ever speaking to him again," sas Lewis. "I feel incredibly bad for his mother and his whole family and the stigma they have to endure now because of what he's done and what his actions have done to hurt so many people. Bit I have no interest in questioning him about it. Ever."

Gaze adds: "I don't think 'd get the answers I wanted. And I don't know what knowing answers to certain questions would give me now, either."

"Obviously what's gone on with these children far supersedes what's happened to us," concludes Gaze. "We're strong enough to get back on our feet and carry on doing whatever we want to do, but there are children who are going to grow up without parents and that makes us incredibly sad."

To read the full feature: head to this paywalled link.

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