Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros fire singer, melt down on social media

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Jade and Alex performing their duet "home" at Bonnaroo 2013.
Many of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' songs are about Jade Castrinos, front man Alex Ebert's long time partner and co-band member. The band played a show last week without her, and the explanations came quickly and bitterly from both sides.

Castrinos updated her Instagram bio to read: "For seven years i sang and wrote music with edward sharpe. they voted me off of tour a week before they left, via email. lol." She has since changed it to, "don't let the bastards get you down..."

The band then released a statement on Facebook (which was promptly taken down) criticizing Jade's comment, saying that the decision was a long and drawn out one. Here's the since-deleted note:

Anyone on here who thinks the story could be as terribly and flatly painted as Jade conveniently did has no idea what this band has always been about. It's a shame to think anyone would comment anything other than a hope that it heals. If you think we came to this decision suddenly or as some form of punishment you have no idea who we are. If you think that email to jade was not sent 30 seconds after a meeting WITH jade and the band but out of the blue- you have no idea who we are. If you don't think we spent years trying to heal this very issue as a group, together - years trying to help correct this, love this until it was right, sometimes flailing and other times sailing, but always - you have no idea who we are.

Yet if you do not know that sometimes people must be unwilling to allow a continuation of old patterns to make a change for the better - you simply have not yet lived long enough.I hope you all do not continue to speculate ignorantly.

It is beneath you and it is grotesquely damaging.

Castrinos and Ebert started dating around seven years ago, according to an article from the band's home base, New Orleans.

Watch the two perform their most famous duet on the next page.



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38 comments
Casey Davis
Casey Davis

What was behind westwords I'll timed Tracy Morgan promotion.

Jennifer Marie Newell
Jennifer Marie Newell

Do they not have a manager or publicist to wrangle them in? They're big enough that they shouldn't be making media mistakes like this, and that includes social media.

subnerdo
subnerdo

Ima Robot was way better...

Anna Gingher
Anna Gingher

Haha they won't get far after this. It made the band and now... Nothing. Bye! It's one thing to get rid of someone you started your band with but abruptly before a show while on tour? What issue was that bad they did that? Couldn't have waited until idk next album (how presumptuous of me). Makes them look bad and I most likely won't listen to them after this if they even survive which I doubt. It appears the hippie shtick will be up soon

Sarah Joyce
Sarah Joyce

Who cares? They're such a banwagon band. The guy started with an electronic band when that was popular in the early 2000s then jumped on the hippie folk train. Laaaame.

Juan Macias
Juan Macias

Its ok I stopped listening to them when they became popular...lol

Keifer Kurre
Keifer Kurre

Love him though.... Dirty life... I love the crazy scene

Jesse Mann
Jesse Mann

that sucks that band was awesome

Keifer Kurre
Keifer Kurre

Alexander Ebert is a crazy person. Have you heard his actual music?

Jenny Baltes-Baumgardner
Jenny Baltes-Baumgardner

Jade was long ago a dear friend of mine, even saving my life, metaphorically. We lost touch over the years, but when I first heard home and shared the news with recently passed away family back then, we were ecstatic. This news breaks my heart, but hopefully its for the best. Don't let the bastards get you down, girl.

David Novin
David Novin

And the death of an amazing band is beginning. So sad. I'll be playing HOME on repeat.

Meaghan Hutto-Vujnovich
Meaghan Hutto-Vujnovich

Just saw Edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros this weekend in Houston. Such a disappointment! very sad

Jacob Meier
Jacob Meier

Oh no baby did you see this? Vanessa Bermudez

Sean Michael McBride
Sean Michael McBride

Agreed, this band is a bunch of pretentious hippie ass holes who continuously start their shows late and give half-assed performances. (i.e. Jas Aspen festival, 2013)

Ash Taylor
Ash Taylor

Maybe cause Alex is a straight douche in real life.

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