Former Lostprophets member on Ian Watkins abuse: 'How could you know? How would you know?'

Band also say they would never have recorded another album as Lostprophets

Former Lostprophets member on Ian Watkins abuse: 'How could you know? How would you know?'

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The members of No Devotion – the band comprised of the former members of Lostprophets plus Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly – have answered persistent comments about whether they knew about the crimes committed by former frontman Ian Watkins before his 2012 arrest.

Watkins last year pleaded guilty to 13 charges including the attempted rape and sexual assault of a child, and was sentenced to 29 years in prison. His former bandmates announced their split in October 2013.

Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, guitarist Lee Gaze says: "How could you know? How would you know?"

Who would disclose such a thing to five people, who between them have eight children? You just wouldn't because they would be killed on the spot.

The band also argue that relations in the rock band were so strained before Ian Watkins' arrest that they would have split up regardless.

Gaze says the final time he saw Watkins, days before his arrest, was at a video shoot for what was to be the band's next single. Watkins was "strangely positive and enthusiastic about everything," counter to the mood of the band. "[He was] talking about the next record and how it's going to do really well and get back on our feet. It goes to show how deluded he was. He is just completely on a different level to everybody, happy and positive and convinced we are going to be successful again."

No Devotion recently released their debut single 'Stay', and are set to release their debut album in early 2015. At their debut gig earlier this month, they thanked fans for "sticking with us".

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