Hinder ex Winkler vows he’s sober
Former Hinder vocalist Austin Winkler says he’s now dealing with the drink problem that caused his split with the band.
They announced last week that they’d made his departure permanent after he dropped off their US tour during the summer to return to rehab for a second stint.
The band insisted they held “no animosity” but that “it was time to move on.”
Now Winkler says in his own statement: After 12 years the band and I have decided to part ways. I wish the guys nothing but the best in the future.
“I want to thank each and every one of you all for your love and support over the years, and especially over the last four months on my road to recovery. All the messages you sent me really helped me get through this difficult time in my life. I’m happy to say I’ve been sober for 150 days.”
He says he’s “really passionate” about his new musical project and it’s keeping him very busy, adding: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being with me on this journey. We’re just getting started!”
Hinder continued their touring duties in support of 2012 album Welcome To The Freakshow with Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks in Winkler’s place. They haven’t yet named a permanent vocalist.