Floridian heavy hitters (and self-proclaimed “nu-hate” outfit) Traitors have parted ways with their vocalist, Tyler Shelton. In a statement posted earlier via his personal Facebook account, Shelton confirmed that he had left the group, but claimed that he “didn’t want to leave.”
You can read the full statement that was posted by Shelton below:
“I have left Traitors. There’s so much to say but it’s all jumbled up in my head. I’m sure more will come clear when the time comes. This is very unfortunate and has been one of the toughest decisions of my entire life. I love the fans, I love you all with all my heart. You guys have humbled me more than anything that’s ever been in my life and I will always be thankful for you all.
Please, understand that I didn’t want to leave because YOU guys are so insanely sweet and supportive, but there is a lot going on in my life and with Traitors that I just don’t agree with, and just doesn’t feel right to me. I am moving on in my life. Music will always be a part of me.
Another huge reason is that, touring is just not for me. It’s extremely mentally tolling. I am a simple man. I am a family man. I love my family, my friends, they mean the world to me. I love to be around them and grow with them. Whenever I leave home the separation anxiety is EXTREME. I want to grow where I am. I’m 24 and still don’t have it together. This may be the end for me in Traitors, this may be the end of me touring, but music will always be apart of me. I have a lot in my head I wasn’t able to get out because of the direction Traitors took. And eventually you guys will hear that EP style shit I was so proud of. As for touring, I am done. It is for some people. It is not for me.
I love you guys so much, I can’t believe I’m here typing this. But I need to be happy again. I need to feel complete again. This isn’t the end. I’m right fuckin’ here. Thank you all for the absolutely overwhelming experiences.
At the time of writing, there’s no official statement from the band regarding Shelton‘s departure from the group. It’s also uncertain as to whether or not their ‘Nu World Order’ tour in North America next month will proceed as planned.