Maroon 5 Bassist Takes Leave of Absence: 'I Do Not Want to Be a Distraction to My Bandmates'

Madden was a founding member of the band
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By RADIO.COM

Mickey Madden has announced he’s taking a “leave of absence” from Maroon 5.

The longtime bassist revealed the news to PEOPLE saying, "I have some things that I need to deal with and address right now and so I have decided to take a leave of absence from Maroon 5 for the foreseeable future.”

"During this time, I do not want to be a distraction to my bandmates. I wish them the absolute best,” he added.

Madden, 41, was arrested in late June on a felony charge after an alleged domestic violence incident. He was released on the same day of his arrest after posting a $50,000 bond.

"We are deeply devastated by this disappointing news," a rep for Maroon 5 told PEOPLE after his arrest. "As we learn more, we are looking at this very seriously. For now, we are allowing all of the individuals involved the space to work things through."

Madden had been with the band since the beginning when he met Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and Ryan Dusick while attending school in Los Angeles.

The group formed in 1994 and originally went by the name Kara’s Flowers, which was taken from a girl that went to their high school that they all had a crush on.

Madden’s departure marks only the second lineup change in the band’s 26-year history as drummer Ryan Dusick left the band in 2006. The rigors of touring aggravated previous injuries Dusick had sustained and left him in so much pain in his shoulders and wrists that he made the decision to leave the band.

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