Black Veil Brides singer Andy Biersack has released a public statement following a recent incident on a flight.
The rock frontman was travelling from Charlotte, North Carolina to Los Angeles on Sunday night (October 30) with his wife, former Voice contestant Juliet Simms. TMZ reported that the pair were involved in a heated disagreement that led to Simms being arrested and questioned by FBI, before subsequently being released. Footage emerged of Simms accusing Biersack of breaking her ribs, while eye witness accounts suggested that the pair’s argument related to a recent miscarriage Simms suffered.
Both Biersack and Simms have since issued statements, with Biersack – who also goes by the moniker Andy Black – describing the incident as a “scary [and] traumatic experience” and citing alcohol as a factor. Biersack wrote on Instagram: “Many of you know that I recently decided to live entirely sober. In the past I struggled with the concept of alcohol and my own personal demons and so a year ago I decided it was time to move on from it & start down the path to sobriety. I believe alcohol is one of the most poisonous & volatile substances we as a society have at our disposal & that it can truly hurt & affect people in the most negative way. My wife no longer drinks but due in large part to a myriad of recent upsets including some tragic family news she became intoxicated during the flight and was left confused, blacked out & disoriented. She said things that are not true and are in no way her or a part of her character and despite rumours or conjecture I will definitively state that we have a happy and harmonious marriage.”
Biersack continued: “It is my duty as her husband to make sure everyone is aware of how much I love her, how kind and strong she is and her resolve to learn from this & for both of us to move forward as a healthy, loving family. Thank you to every one of you who have stood by our side in this time of pain and we vow to continue to be there for anyone who needs it. Remember that no one is perfect, we all fall down sometimes. What matters is that we get back up stronger. Lastly, we’re sorry that this was brought to your attention and if it in any way pulled you from real issues in the world, your family etc. I think we can all agree our time is better spent trying to help one another rather than tear each other down for moments of weakness or mistakes. Please remember that the greatest way we can see one another for what we truly are is with kindness, empathy & compassion. Everything else will only block the light of humanity.”
Simms wrote in a separate statement: “I rarely drink, I cannot handle it, and when I do, I turn into someone I am not. This may not be true for everyone but it is for me and for many of my peers in the music industry who have bravely and completely quit after years of struggle. So, I apologise to my husband for what I did and said and for upsetting anyone who was caught up in this. Those of you very loving and caring fans, we thank you for all of your loyal support and kindness. We really love you and appreciate you sticking your necks out for us even on a bad day.”
“There’s so much to this story and so much history involved it’s not easily understood,unless you were us. I really did not intend for our misfortune on the baby making subject to be aired in the way it was, but we are young and healthy, and are told this happens so are happily looking forward to the future with children. I do ask for people not to fill in the holes when they hear partial stories, so want to own up to the fact that I’ve got demons I face time to time and it’s something I’m quiet about because I’ve always wanted to be strong for the people in my life and the people I set an example for. I truly regret my weakness and letting it get the best of me for the world [to] see. I am human but this was a poor display of who I truly am, my heart and what I have to offer. Falling down does not define me, it’s how I stand back up. I vow to move forward in a happy/healthy way and learn from this.From the very bottom of my heart, I am sorry.”
Simms came runner-up in season two of The Voice in US in 2012.
Meanwhile, Biersack recently suggested that Donald Trump will inspire “great art”.