We didn’t set out to be a punk or pop band, we’re just Paramore. To cut it short, when it comes to what category we’re in, I really couldn’t possibly care any less.’ She says if you want to understand Paramore, you need to see one of their shows.I went to their i Tunes gig and was still a bit perplexed.They’re perceived as an ‘alternative’ act: Hayley does some headbanging and ska-esque dancing; there are rockier numbers such as single Now, next to out-and-out pop stuff such as Still Into You and Ain’t It Fun.
Williams issued a statement wishing them success before Farro posted his thoughts.
‘It sucked – not only was a lot of what he wrote untrue but I couldn’t go online and say that,’ says Williams.
We will continue to encourage and support each other personally and professionally."“Hopefully, you’ll understand that the personal aspects of what we are going through are not for anyone else to carry. To allow people any further into this moment in our lives would be to dishonor our history together and our ability to move forward with integrity," they concluded.
"Thank you to fans of both of our bands for all the kindness you’ve shown to both of us for so many years.
‘It took three weeks of talking and venting,’ says Williams. I said: “We’ve written a bit together before in the past, kind of, barely, and we can do this, it’s fine, let’s go for it…’” The resulting collection of songs, their self-titled fourth album, reached No.1 in Britain and the US in April and spawned top 20 single Still Into You – a mainstream pop number with a video that sees the trio monkeying around on bikes.
It’s a bit of a departure from their usual pop-punk sound. ‘We knew we’d have to convince some people but it’s been a very positive experience for us,’ she says. We’ve always been too rock for pop and too pop for rock.
‘When we first set out it was just to play shows – it was a very simple goal,’ she laughs, looking back on their successful, if turbulent 11 years together. There’s still that feeling today, of us together against the world, like The Goonies.
‘Even though we’re older now, when we’re hanging out together – we were just walking around Paris in our black hoodies – it’s such a wonderful feeling.
Thanks to our families and friends for loving us in all our seasons." Williams, 28, and Gilbert, 36, began dating in 2008.