Now, Varkatzas has seemingly responded to those rumors in a new Instagram post.
Last week, news broke that Varkatzas has reportedly left Atreyu. According to the reports, drummer and co-vocalist Brandon Saller will handle vocal duties going forward. However, no official statement had been made by the band.
Varkatzas recently announced the birth of his daughter, adding to speculation that he is leaving Atreyu to focus on his family.
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World! Meet Sophia Jean Varkatzas. My darling girl. Life has ruthlessly been taking from me lately . 2019thru2020 has done its best to destroy me. Testing me to my mental limits. The horrible , fake people and things that have exited my life this year have been replaced by something so pure and sweet. It feels like a new start. It’s all possible because @hollie_varkatzas is a superstar. I know one or two people who make some pretty lame/tacky/transparent wife appreciation posts trying to sell an altered version of the truth. It has always seemed so forced it turned me off to it. Years ago my man @josemangin explained it to me in a way that made sense(thanks man). So let me tell you hollie is the real deal. In world full of fake and insincere she is true and steadfast. I love her. Our children are so lucky to have her as the QB . I’m just the running back. (Well i don’t even watch football so😹) have a great day. Be true and sincere and follow your heart . I love my family.
However, Varkatzas has now responded to the rumors he’s left the band in a new Instagram post. On Monday, he posted the lyrics to Stone Temple Pilots‘ “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart” along with the hashtag #fakenews.
He also quoted the lyrics “I’m not dead and I’m not for sale” in the caption. This post seemingly confirms that the rumors are false and that he is still in Atreyu.
As well, his latest Instagram post shows that he doesn’t plan to leave music anytime soon. In the new video, Varkatzas appears to be business as usual. He says that he has “so much creative energy” and is looking to start a new musical project.
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I need to shred bro. I’m thinking blood has been shed , meets a little in flames , with a bit of the old Lamb of freaking god thrown in on top. Maybe an ep? Maybe a full length? I need to crush! I miss high fives and stage dives. These should be interesting comments … go!
At this time, Varkatzas and Atreyu have not released a statement confirming or denying he has left the band.
Earlier this year, Atreyu revealed that they are recording new music. blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus recently joined the band in the studio back in January. Atreyu’s last full-length album In Our Wake was released in 2018. Then, in 2019, the band released a deluxe edition of In Our Wake featuring new and acoustic tracks.
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