Lostprophets will officially split following the child abuse charges against Ian Watkins

Their statement confirmed that they felt the band could no longer continue making music

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Posted 2nd October 2013 in News, Lostprophets | By Clickmusic News Desk

Lostprophets have confirmed that they will split up almost one year on from the Ian Watkins scandal, citing the band's now tainted reputation as reason for the split.

Former frontman Ian Watkins was arrested last year when police found evidence that he had been planning the rape of a one-year-old girl. When the news broke, Lostprophets released a statement expressing their shock and confusion, adding that they would take the time to find answers and make their decision.

They wrote on Facebook: "After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time.

"We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets. Your love and support over the past 15 years has been tremendous, and we'll be forever grateful for all you've given us.

"As we look forward to the next phase of our lives, we can only hope to be surrounded by people as devoted and inspiring as you guys have been."

The Lostprophets sold 3.5 million albums worldwide during their time together, including 'Start Something,' 'The Betrayed' and 'Weapons'.

Watkins is facing a number of charges, including conspiracy to rape a one-year-old girl and five separate sexual offences against children; he is also accused of possessing, making and distributing pornographic images of children.

Watkins will face trial in November alongside two women aged 20 and 24 from Doncaster and Bedford.