NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The remaining members of Franklin, Tenn., rock band Paramore have kept mum, up to this point, about the detailed "Exit Statement" issued in blog form by departing members Josh and Zac Farro.
Singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis and guitarist Taylor York will open up to MTV, though, in an online video feature dubbed "Paramore: The Last Word," which will stream at MTV.com starting at 3 p.m. Friday.
Paramore announced the Farros' departure Dec.18, with a statement that said "for the last year it hasn't seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore." On Dec. 22, the Farros' blog post opened up a list of grievances tracing back to the band's beginnings, including feelings that their band was hijacked by a business team that only looked after Williams' interests.
MTV came to Franklin to film "The Last Word," and in the interviews, Williams shares her reaction to the Farros' statement.
"It hurts, because what we were told was that they weren't happy, they didn't want to do this, and you can't be mad at someone for not feeling something. ... But then when it really became about all these other things, I was very surprised and kind of felt led on, almost," Williams says. "We've been doing this for six, seven years now. I don't think any of this has been in vain, for any of us ... and I don't think anyone should discredit it."
The desire to open up now, Williams says, comes from wanting to let fans know that the band is OK, despite the changes.
"The three of us are still here, we're not going anywhere," she says. "A lot of kids are still asking if the band is breaking up, and that just goes to show how broken the communication online can be, when rumors start traveling. So this is our way of showing that there's a future and we're stoked for it."
Paramore will head out in February for a South American tour. Session drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Justin York (Taylor York's brother) will fill in for those dates.
Visit MTV.com for more on "Paramore: The Last Word."