Justin Hawkins has quit the darkness after admitting to having a Â£1000 a week cocaine habit for the last three years.
The singer, 31, apparently broke the news to his band mate last night and they have vowed to carry on with out him.
Of his decision to quit he told the Sun: â€œI feel bad for the others. It will be an upheaval. But itâ€™s time for me to move on.â€
â€œIt would be damaging for my recovery to stay on. Iâ€™m not blaming the band for my problem â€“ I am an addict. There are people who can stay in bands and stay clean, but Iâ€™m not one of them.â€
Speaking about his future plans Hawkins added: â€œI am going to do a solo record at some point and get into scoring films. But this is all so new the future is still uncertain.â€
Speaking about the addiction he said: â€œI hit absolute rock bottom. I spent over Â£150,000 on cocaine in three years â€“ a frightening amount.â€
â€œI was consuming up to five grams a day which cost me Â£1000 a week, sometimes more.â€
The remaining members of The Darkness are yet to comment on the news.