Last week, I told you about the departure of Austin Winkler from Hinder, now the former front-man sheds some light on the subject.

Here's Winkler's take:

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To All Hinder Fans,

It’s with a heavy heart that I announce after 12 years of being the lead singer of Hinder, 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 4 months on my road to recovery. All the messages you sent me on Twitter and Instagram really helped me get through this difficult time in my life. I’m happy to say I’ve been sober for 150 days.
I’m really passionate about the new project I’m working on. I have been in the studio nonstop and can’t wait to share this new music with you. Make sure to follow me on Instagram @AustinJohnWinkler and Twitter @IamAustinJohn as I will be making some announcements real soon!
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being with me on this journey…we’re just getting started!
- Austin Winkler