"We, Josh, Sky and AJ, will no longer be working with Tyler."
Issues have released a statement following online allegations of misconduct against vocalist Tyler Carter.
In the statement they announced that the band will no longer be working with Tyler.
You can read it in full below:
"Recently we have become aware of allegations against Tyler Carter, of grooming and sexual misconduct. We, Josh, Sky and AJ, will no longer be working with Tyler. We believe survivors."
Tyler has also issued a statement of his own:
"I want to set the record straight that over my decade as a musician I have no doubt made mistakes. I have crossed boundaries in how I’ve talked to people. In early days I most definitely blurred lines, and had trouble with understanding influence and power dynamics. Something I was not aware existed, and shamefully did not see or recognise until later into my career when I began to understand the responsibility of fame and leadership.
I have never physically assaulted anyone in my life. But I cannot deny that I have escalated conversations and abused my power, leaving people uncomfortable and I will not run and hide from it. I had my inboxes open for people to come and flirt with no thought of repercussions, and I blurred lines when engaging fans or strangers in conversation. I fucked up. I made myself accessible, and I did not discipline myself at all. For this, I’m gravely remorseful. For years I’ve been sorry. I’m not just “sorry because you caught me” but there is never an inviting way to put yourself out when it comes to a part of the past and a part of yourself that you’re trying to grow from and make sure to never see again.
I have reached out, in the past, to people that I feel I may have hurt or effected by my antics and out of pure compassion wanted to make sure that they knew I was fully aware of what I did wrong and could only hope that they would be able to find solace and move forward in life. I am not going to use that to deflect the fact that there are people valid in their emotions. I will always be sorry for my poor judgement, actions and shortcomings as an influencer, and will continue to apologise to anyone who needs to hear it no matter how often it’s addressed.
Though I never intended to be a “bad guy” nor had any vicious intentions, I was blind in that putting interest in someone younger than me is never ok. Through the years in my career I’ve had to take many steps to recovery, from drugs, alcohol, and revisiting personal childhood trauma/repressed memories that led to that point and had to reflect on the mistakes I had made and hurt I may have brought onto others as well. I’ve been in counselling and made my constant best efforts to get to the root of my problems and make honest strides in healing, growing and accountability.
My obviously manipulative, narcissistic nature led to me mentally hurting someone that was family to me, and I will be forever in shame and genuine heartbreak that I ever blurred lines between friendship, brotherhood and mentorship, with feelings of confusion and romantic interest. I say heartbreak because the person I am today and have known of myself for several years can not fathom the stress and angst I may have caused. I have heard you. I have understood you. And I’m sorry.
I am sorry to my followers I have confused or let down with my actions. I have strived to be a leader and protect and provide both inclusivity and a safe space for all. Perhaps some of this came from an overcompensation to correct mistakes I made in the past. I have always cherished your stories of pain, your connection to my lyrics, and the constant courage of pouring your soul out at our feet to give us the great responsibility of being able to change the world. I have failed you all. I have let you down, no matter how great or small, I have disappointed and dishonoured you. And I will never stop apologising for that.
Lastly to my fiancé - I am sorry to have put you through this turmoil. I understand that in your position of being a positive influence to people, you couldn’t just go by without acknowledging my past. I don’t want you to feel sorrow for having to do this to someone you love and cherish, so I understood, and am taking accountability for my actions.
I have of course since departed from Issues. The legacy of our music, what it means to you all, and how it has guided and healed so many, that will never die, though I’ve tarnished my own reputation. I will be taking time to continue the work towards personal growth, processing with my family.