Simon Gallup, the longtime bassist for The Cure, has announced his departure from the band.
Gallup revealed the news in a Facebook post on Saturday (August 14th) saying:
“With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure ! Good luck to them all.” When asked by a fan if the exit was health-related, Gallup responded, “I’m ok… just got fed up of betrayal.”
One of The Cure’s long withstanding members, Gallup started with The Cure in 1979 after working with Smith on his side-project Cult Hero. He later left the band in 1982 after an argument with Smith only to rejoin two years later.
Smith talked about his relationship with Gallup in a 2019 NME interview calling him his “best friend.”
“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,” Smith said.
“We’ve had some difficult periods over the years but we’ve managed to maintain a very strong friendship that grew out of that shared experience from when we were teens. When you have friends like that, particularly for that long, it would take something really extraordinary for that friendship to break.”
Robert Smith and the rest of the band have yet to make a statement regarding Gallup’s departure.