“Andy has had enough of Johnny. They"ve always had a turbulent relationship, not least over who was behind their No1 single America," the Sun quoted an insider as saying. “But it was this recent trip to the States that brought everything to a head. Andy is fed up with what he views as Johnny"s prima donna behaviour and told him he doesn"t want anything to do with him any more," the source added.
This is not the first time that the two stars have had a bust-up, for they had a big punch-up at Camden Caners" pub The Hawley Arms after the Vodafone Live Music Awards in 2006. “Johnny likes to think he is the sole driving force behind Razorlight"s success," the source said.
“But Andy doesn"t see it that way. He co-wrote America, their only No1, and feels he never gets the recognition he deserves. Andy is the only one in the band who will stand up to Johnny. He gets really embarrassed when he thinks Johnny is acting up and tells him as much. Johnny doesn"t appreciate the criticism," the source added.
Johnny is said to be sure that Andy"s departure will not derail the band"s plan to make a full-scale bid to crack America. The band have already hired a new drummer, veteran David “Skully" Sullivan-Kaplan. Meanwhile, both Johnny and Andy are trying to play down the ill-feeling.
Andy said: “I am very proud of everything that myself, Johnny, Carl and Bjorn have achieved together but for personal reasons I have decided to leave the band." Johnny added: “Andy has been an integral part of Razorlight and we will miss him. He"s been a great player and a great friend and we"ll both always be proud of the music we have made together."
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