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The Cure bassist Simon Gallup announces that he is quitting the band with a ‘slightly heavy heart’

The Cure bassist Simon Gallup announces that he is quitting the band with a ‘slightly heavy heart’ after he ‘got fed up of betrayal’

The Cure bassist Simon Gallup has announced that he has quit the rock band with a ‘slightly heavy heart.’

The musician, 61, broke the news on his personal Facebook page on Saturday night, which left fans devastated. 

Keeping the announcement short, Simon wrote: ‘With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure ! Good luck to them all …’. 

End of an era: The Cure bassist Simon Gallup (right) announced on Facebook on Saturday that he is quitting the band after he ‘got fed up of betrayal’ (pictured above with the band’s frontman Robert Smith in 2014)

One fan asked if the decision was health-related, to which Simon replied: ‘I’m ok… just got fed up of betrayal.’

The English band, formed in 1978, have yet to comment on Simon’s departure but frontman Robert Smith, 62, told The Irish Times three years ago that if Simon left, ‘it wouldn’t be called the Cure.’

Robert also branded the bassist as the ‘heart of the band’ and ‘his best friend’, to NME in 2019.  

Breaking the news: Keeping the announcement short, Simon wrote: 'With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure ! Good luck to them all ...'

Breaking the news: Keeping the announcement short, Simon wrote: ‘With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure ! Good luck to them all …’

Way back when: Frontman Robert Smith branded the bassist as the 'heart of the band' and 'his best friend', to NME in 2019 (Robert, left, and Simon, right, pictured above in 1989)

Way back when: Frontman Robert Smith branded the bassist as the ‘heart of the band’ and ‘his best friend’, to NME in 2019 (Robert, left, and Simon, right, pictured above in 1989)

‘For me, the heart of the live band has always been Simon, and he’s always been my best friend. It’s weird that over the years and the decades he’s often been overlooked. 

‘He doesn’t do interviews, he isn’t really out there and he doesn’t play the role of a foil to me in public, and yet he’s absolutely vital to what we do,’ he said. 

The Cure released their debut album Three Imaginary Boys in 1979 and it wasn’t long after that Simon joined the West Sussex band. 

Rock stars: The Cure released their debut album Three Imaginary Boys in 1979 and it wasn't long after that Simon joined the West Sussex band (pictured above in 1997)

Rock stars: The Cure released their debut album Three Imaginary Boys in 1979 and it wasn’t long after that Simon joined the West Sussex band (pictured above in 1997)

Rock legends: Simon temporarily left the band as a result of tensions with Robert but rejoined in 1984 and remained as their bassist before announcing his exit (the band pictured in 2004 - from left to right: Jason Cooper, Simon, Robert, Roger O'Donnell and Perry Bamonte)

Rock legends: Simon temporarily left the band as a result of tensions with Robert but rejoined in 1984 and remained as their bassist before announcing his exit (the band pictured in 2004 – from left to right: Jason Cooper, Simon, Robert, Roger O’Donnell and Perry Bamonte)

The rock star appeared on all three LPs in their Dark Trilogy – Seventeen Seconds (1980), Faith (1981) and Pornography (1982).

He temporarily left the band as a result of tensions with Robert but rejoined in 1984 and remained as their bassist before announcing his exit. 

Robert admitted to New Zealand presenter Zane Lowe back in June that the band had recorded two new albums, despite their latest dating back to 2008. 

Hinting it could be their last work, he said: ‘I can’t think we’ll ever do anything else. I definitely can’t do this again.’

The Cure fans were heartbroken at Saturday’s shock news, with one comparing it to their parents divorcing. 

‘I’m so sad. It’s like my parents were getting divorced. If you are happy with this decision then we fans are happy for you too,’ the Cure lover penned.  

'I'm so sad': The Cure fans were heartbroken at Saturday's shock news, with one comparing it to their parents divorcing

‘I’m so sad’: The Cure fans were heartbroken at Saturday’s shock news, with one comparing it to their parents divorcing

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