Then, for all the talk that Paramore are a band, Hayley does a mini solo-set on her keyboard halfway through.Unintentional or not, it seems like a big two fingers up to their old band mates, who probably worried more about questions of ‘authenticity’ than the remaining line-up.
‘There were days I’d wake up and think, “this is pointless”,’ she says.
‘There were times I thought I’d have to get another job.
You ca see the timeline of her dating history in the boyfriend list above.
After they broke up, Josh Farro criticized Hayley and also Paramore, calling it a “manufactured product”.
I don’t know where it came from because I was listening to ’N Sync and Hanson at the time,’ she laughs. ‘At some point you have to wake up and see what’s outside that bubble,’ she says.
‘When I go back home, the people I grew up with are having kids and getting married – it’s sometimes hard for me to go back because it’s still the same world and I’ve grown accustomed to seeing different places and new things.
I’d written all the songs with Josh, I’d hardly written with anyone else, it was definitely scary.’ Hours of drinking tea in York’s kitchen ensued.
‘It took three weeks of talking and venting,’ says Williams. I said: “We’ve written a bit together before in the past, kind of, barely, and we can do this, it’s fine, let’s go for it…’” The resulting collection of songs, their self-titled fourth album, reached No.1 in Britain and the US in April and spawned top 20 single Still Into You – a mainstream pop number with a video that sees the trio monkeying around on bikes.
‘I learned to play the drums when I was eight and would try to get my friends to be the singer or learn the guitar.
I had plans to make tapes and send them to record companies.
It took a lot of restraint and a lot of faith.’ To add to the strain, the split came after achieving their greatest success – their third album, 2009’s Brand New Eyes, reached No.1 in Britain.