Tim Lambesis thanked Nick Hipa for his kind words.
Nick Hipa had joined the band in 2003 at first. After an 11-year career with the band, the guitarist had left the band in 2014. Four years later, in 2018, the guitarist had rejoined them and break-up with the band once again in 2020. Throughout his career, Hipa released seven albums with the band.
Hipa‘s exit from the band was originally rumored in this past August. At the end of August, Hipa confirmed his departure from As I Lay Dying and informed fans about the issue.
Recently, the band’s singer has added a new social media post to his feed to thank his former bandmate. He wrote a short letter for the guitarist, saying he wishes Nick Hipa the best in his future plans.
“Being able to have different opinions or priorities but to still deeply care for another person’s wellbeing is something that’s often lost in our current climate,” he said.
“I just want to say that I truly wish Nick Hipa the best in his next chapter of life, and I’m thankful he wishes me/As I Lay Dying the same.
“I’ve wanted to focus on music for past few years because it takes me back to why I started As I Lay Dying in the first place 20 years ago.”
The singer has also touched on new music and said he looks forward to writing it.
“I look forward to writing new music and seeing many of you on tour again soon,” he concluded.
Why Nick Hipa Parted Ways With As I Lay Dying?
Announcing his departure from the band, Nick Hipa expressed his devastating about the band’s plans. When he said that he left the band respectfully, he added that he does not have it in him to walk that road again.
“I am deeply appreciative for the love, care, and concern I have been messaged with over the past year while being largely absent from social activity,” the musician revealed.
“My days have been occupied with a motion design career, deep focus on my family, taking care of my health, and working on other creative projects.
“Real life has a way of crowding out time for things like social media, so I apologize to those of you who reached out to me for answers regarding my disassociation from As I Lay Dying and never heard back. I’ve been trying to move on peacefully in life.
“At this point though, it has been well over a year since I have distanced myself from them on a personal and professional level. In that time they have only given fans merchandising posts and show announcements. This sort of activity highlights and reinforces our differences.
“Respectfully, I left because the story and meaning we built our reunion upon decayed considerably over time. What primarily endures is a superficial pursuit I cannot justify supporting or being part of.
“This is not an indictment on any who choose to remain or be involved. There is tremendous good that can be accomplished through singular focus on the power of music.
“However to my memory and recent experience, it comes at the cost of tolerating behavior which at times mistreats, disrespects, and hurts other people. I do not have it in me to walk that road again.
“The talent and unshakeable ambition of the band is undeniable. They will continue to release successful music and do great business. On a human level, I hope everything else fares well for them.
“I am grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the incredible people I’ve been able to meet and connect with the past 17 years.
“I’ll still be around.
“Love to all -Nick Hipa.”