Dani Artaud, one-third of electro-pop outfit Millionaires, has confirmed that she's left the group. Rumors about the split began surfacing in August, and Artaud has taken to her blog to set the record straight.
She writes, "I've heard a lot of weird and outlandish things that are completely untrue but one thing that is true is that I have left the Millionaires. Contrary to some belief there is no 'beef' between me, Melissa or Allie. It was just time for me to take next step in my life.
As some of you may know, Melissa, Allie and I started this band about 3 years ago just for a laugh and to have fun. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought we’d be blessed with the amount of success we have achieved. We’ve been able to travel the country several times, meet lots of amazing people, travel to London, even play the Vans Warped tour! I am so thankful for everything I have been able to experience these past 3 years, but it’s just about time I move on with my life.
Being in Millionaires has taught me a lot about the person I really am, I have grown so much from this experience. But I think there’s a time in everyones life where they come to a crossroads and have to make a difficult decision that will affect their life in a huge way for the better. I never saw this going on for so long and never expected to dedicate so much of my life to the band. I’ve found myself growing more and more unhappy over the past several months now so I know this is the time where I must make change. When your heart’s not in something anymore you just have to let it go and move on. I don’t want my lack of motivation to bring the girls down because I know they love every moment of it and have so much fun and potential.
For those of you who think I’ve called it quits and will never hear from me again, you’re wrong. I have too much passion to just roll over and die! I’m beginning something new that is going to be both very creatively challenging and rewarding. My musical passion lies in a completely different genre than I am now used to writing, but I am ready to seize it!! I am starting a new project with my best friend, Asia Whiteacre, called Mr. Downstairs. We have already started writing and have set things in motion; you will be hearing more about this in the next couple weeks. I am so excited about this and I hope you are too!!
I know this sudden decision may upset a lot of you but just know that I make it with the best intentions for everyone involved. In my heart I know that this is the right decision to help me move on with my life and find what truly makes me happy. I want to thank each and every one of you for all the love and support you have given us over the years, you guys made everything possible & have changed my life. I love you all."