The Cure's Simon Gallup Exits Band, Says He "Got Fed Up of Betrayal"

The Cure's Simon Gallup Exits Band, Says He 'Got Fed Up of Betrayal'
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Simon Gallup, longtime bassist for goth-rock legends the Cure, has announced that he is leaving the band after 40 years. 

Gallup broke the news in a brief Facebook post on Saturday (August 14) saying simply: "With a heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure! Good luck to them all…"

When asked by a fan in the comments whether his stepping down was health-related, Gallup replied, "I'm ok… just got fed up of betrayal." 

This marks the second time that Gallup has quit the band since joining in 1979, having previously left following the release of Pornography in 1982, citing tension among the group. However, he returned in 1984 and was among the members inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. 

In a 2018 interview with the Irish Times, frontman Robert Smith was quoted as saying that were Gallup to leave the band, "it wouldn't be called the Cure."  

The Cure's most recent studio album was 2008's 4:13 Dream. In June of this year, Smith told Zane Lowe that two new albums were in the works, saying "one of them's very, very doom and gloom and the other one isn't."

It's unknown whether Gallup was involved in the recording of those new albums. So far, there's been no official statement from the band regarding his exit.