Beach Slang has broken up following allegations of abuse against frontman James Alex.
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Last week, the band’s former manager, Charlie Lowe, put out a series of tweets alleging she “endured constant emotional, psychological & narcissistic abuse from James Alex for years.”
“I have learned he sells his too-kind-to-be-true persona to hide that he is truly the most selfish horrible person I will ever meet. I was diagnosed with C-PTSD from how he treated me,” Lowe added.
In a new statement on Beach Slang’s Instagram, Alex’s family addressed the allegations and says he is “in an inpatient facility after attempting to take his life.”
“James is not perfect, and never claimed to be. After a lifetime of suicidal ideation, Beach Slang was simply intended to be an outlet of positivity in rock and roll, and an attempt to heal himself and any sad or broken friends he met along the way,” the statement says.
The statement continues: “Yes he had moments of compulsiveness, emotional instability, and chaotic relationships, but none of his actions were intentional or meant to hurt or harm anyone, certainly not those who cared for or believed in him."
“They were an unfortunate result of unimaginable childhood trauma, violent physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and years of untreated resultant severe mental health issues. James is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Paranoid Schizophrenia, and now Borderline Personality Disorder. This is not to invalidate or negate anyone’s feelings, or experiences, it is only to explain the unexplained or unseen cause to the effects, as the internet can be very black and white, and mental illness is largely a grey area.”
Alex’s family also says he “has no plans to return to music” and that “Beach Slang is over.”
Lowe responded to the statement on her Twitter account writing, “PSA past trauma isn’t a blank check to perpetuate more trauma.”
“Also that 'statement' contains no apology whatsoever nor does it mention me at all, effectively silencing me as the victim & putting the spotlight right back on James for sympathy. It’s unreal how f****** gross this is & continues to be,” she added in a separate tweet.
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