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JEN MAJURA Splitting With EVANESCENCE: "There Are Many Opinions And There's A Lot Of Judgment Out There"

"So altogether, I have not been good."

Jen Majura

Evanescence split with guitarist Jen Majura in May 2022, saying at the time "we have decided it’s time to go our separate ways." Majura published her own statement saying her departure was not her own decision, later saying in an interview that she originally thought the firing was just a bad joke.

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Now roughly seven months out from her firing, Majura opened up in an interview with Ibagenscast. Majura said she's largely stayed away from social media thanks to constant harassment about her split with Evanescence, adding that she hasn't been doing well since then. Majura also touches on the toxicity of social media and the availability of musicians to fans, joking that she could "post about my blueberry yogurt, and you would still find a way to connect this to what happened."

"I'm tired. I am very, very tired because there are many opinions and there's a lot of judgment out there. It got to a point where no matter what I posted, people had opinions about that. And it seems ridiculous to me, but if I would say honestly how I feel — I'm hurt; it's hard; of course I'm not feeling great — people would go, like, 'Oh, you're playing the victim.' So, I'm, like, 'Okay. All right then.' So I said, 'Actually, I'm doing okay. I'm all right.' And then, of course, people would go, like, 'She never gave a shit about the band.' And it got to a point where I'm, like, 'You know what? I could post about my blueberry yogurt, and you would still find a way to connect this to what happened.

"I must say I turned very quiet on social media, because I just wanted to avoid all that white noise, all that blabbering, all these opinions — I was just tired of that. And also, at the same time, when you break up with an ex-partner — that's the easiest example; you break up with your partner — the last thing on planet earth is that you wanna see that ex-partner on social media moving on. It's, like, 'No. I don't wanna see that.' I needed time to digest the whole thing. And like I said, I think the first few months I was just very busy with convincing everybody that I was doing okay when I honestly wasn't; I was not okay.

"And when everything you say in public is being judged… And honestly, I can only imagine how [Prince] Harry and Meghan [Markle] feel [laughs] — people with real problems, in terms of paparazzi. Who am I? I'm just a little nobody. Why do people talk about me? I think there's way more important things that the humankind should talk about, like climate change and what's going on in this nonsense war [in Ukraine] — real issues that people should discuss and find solutions for — instead of me. So I just realized that apparently this is a topic and people like to talk about it, but I don't necessarily need to be a part of that. So I turned very quiet on social media. And the more I distanced myself from that whole thing, the more I'm, like… I'm gonna say this right now, 'cause it's horrible, but I'm gonna say it anyway… The more I felt grossed out by the humankind.

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"So altogether, I have not been good. I'm okay, but I'm far away from being good… When life throws shit at you, honestly… I mean, take a look at the whole scenario. In the beginning of 2020, I lost my dear-hearted relationship. That was followed by two years of isolation and lockdowns and the whole pandemic situation. Great! And then finally things get back to kind of 'normal-ish', and then May happens. So I can't really say that my past few, couple of years have been great. So 2023 is gonna be amazing, right?"

Majura has released two solo albums – Jen Majura in 2015 and Inzenity in 2017 – and mentioned in June that she was working on her third. Evanescence has since announced their new touring lineup, which sees bassist Tim McCord moving over to guitar and Sick Puppies bassist Emma Anzai joining the lineup.

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