The Faim has released a statement that addresses the allegation of misconduct against guitarist Michael Bono. The band has also dropped off the upcoming 5 Seconds of Summer tour as a result.
“We have been made aware of an allegation against our guitarist Michael Bono during the time of our previous band, Small Town Heroes. Now, more than ever, we feel it’s important for any individual who feels they have been emotionally affected by a situation, to not only speak up, but to be heard.
Michael is taking the allegation made against him incredibly seriously and we have mutually decided that he will not be taking part in any upcoming activity involving The Faim. Instead, he will be taking the time to address this matter privately.
As this does not involve the other members of The Faim, we will continue to fulfil our respective touring commitments. Thank you to our amazing fans for standing by us during this time. We look forward to seeing you all soon.”
Bono has shared his own statement:
“I have recently become aware of allegations made against me on social media. These allegations are untrue. It is extremely upsetting to me that the allegations have been made at all.
I categorically deny the substance of the allegations.
I have taken my time in publishing this statement as I am taking the allegations extremely seriously.
Context is everything. The truth of the situation will come to light in due course, but it must be handled in an appropriate way, which is privately and not via social media.
I cannot begin to describe the negative impact of the false allegations on not only myself, but also on my band members and all their families. I do not want the allegations affecting the band in any way. It is a situation that relates to me alone and one that II must personally handle.
I have therefore decided to step aside from my role in The Faim until this matter is resolved.
I thank my family and supporters for standing by me and I ask that my privacy is respected at this time.