The singer says he needs "to do whatever it takes to get my demon back"...

SUEDE singer BRETT ANDERSON has spoken for the first time about splitting the band.

As we revealed, the band, who released their ‘Singles’ album last month, announced (November 5) that they will each be working on their “individual projects” from next year.

Writing on the official Suede website, Brett has explained some of the reasons. He wrote: “There’s obviously been a lot of emotion and rumours flying around over the last few days so I thought I’d try and set the record straight on a couple of things.

“Firstly I’d like everyone to know that this decision was based purely on creative reasons. Personally I feel that the only way to escape the artistic dead end I have found myself in is to work at least for a while outside the band. There has been speculation about record sales and chart positions but the bottom line is I NEED TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET MY DEMON BACK.

“I know that a lot of people will never be able to understand this. I’d like them to know that this is not a decision we have entered into lightly and ask them to trust that ultimately the band know what is best for Suede.

“Finally you should all know that we will remain good friends and that I can genuinely see us working together again. What we have done has been too special to just throw away.”

The band also issued a joint statement, that reads: “Suede would like to announce that from next year they will be working on their own individual projects.

“There will not be a new studio album until the band feel that the moment is artistically right to make one. This announcement does not affect the forthcoming touring commitments.

Suede would like to thank the fans for their wonderful support over the years. See you in the next life.”

Following the release of their album the group were thought to be working on new material. It is currently unclear how many songs were actually completed, and if they will ever see the light of day.

However, the band will tour together in December, calling at: Glasgow Academy (December 7)

Manchester Academy (8)

Bristol Academy (9)

Birmingham Academy (11)

London Brixton Academy (12)

London Astoria (13)

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