Bring Me The Horizon confirm guitarist departure

Jona Weinhofen confirms he has left UK metal band

Bring Me The Horizon confirm guitarist departure

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Bring Me The Horizon guitarist Jona Weinhofen has confirmed that he has left the band.

The band confirmed the departure of Weinhofen on Twitter, posting a message which said simply: "Bring Me The Horizon are Oliver Sykes, Lee Malia, Matthew Kean, Matthew Nicholls and Jordan Fish. Jona Weinhofen is no longer in the band." Weinhofen responded to the news of his departure by telling his Twitter followers: "I am no longer a member of @bmthofficial, however I can not yet comment on the reasons why or who made the decision."

Weinhofen added: "I would also like to say thank you for all the love and support from my amazing fans! Hopefully you'll all keep supporting me in future."

The seeds of Weinhofen's departure were first laid nearly two years ago when the rhythm guitarist posted a message on his Tumblr which hinted at his desire to return home to Australia and revealed "tension" within the Sheffield group. Writing online in 2011, in a post which has since been deleted, Weinhofen wrote:

"After a lot of time and thought ive decided to leave my current position as guitarist with Bring Me The Horizon. things in the band have been very tense with a lot of disagreements between myself and certain members who I wont name.

"I'm thankful for my time with BMTH and i have met many good friends and been able to travel the world more. I'm planning on moving back to Australia to pursue other musical ventures."

Weinhofen's eventual departure came some twelve months later. Bring Me The Horizon are set to release their new album 'Sempiternal' in April of this year.

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