Ex-EVANESCENCE Guitarist Has 'Absolute Respect' For His Former Bandmates

MTV.com recently spoke to former EVANESCENCE guitarist Ben Moody about his departure from the group and his upcoming solo album. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

MTV: Now that you've had more time away and perspective, how do you feel about the EVANESCENCE split?

Moody: "I have a lot more peace about it, even more than the day I left. ... I still feel it was the right decision because EVANESCENCE has carried on, and they've had great success since me. So I know for a fact I made the right choice. If I stayed, I think Amy [Lee, vocals] and I would have destroyed it because we just weren't heading in the same direction; we were pulling it in two different directions. It was bad."

MTV: It seems like you exited for the greater good and still have a lot of love and respect for EVANESCENCE as people.

Moody: "I do. There was animosity at the time because I was so upset that I had built something for so long and we couldn't make it work. I was pissed off about that. At the same time, I was denying my responsibility for that, you know? Now I can go back and go, 'It was what it was.' As much as they can't blame me for who I am as a person, I can't blame [Amy], or the rest of them for who they are. I totally love them and have absolute respect for them. If I didn't, instead of jumping ship, I would have taken it down. I would much rather see them succeed, because I have nothing but respect for them."

MTV: In a previous interview with MTV News, you described Amy as having the attitude that "Nothing's ever going to be OK," and you said you couldn't live like that.

Moody: "That might have been harsher than it needed to be said at the time, but for me, that's why [my solo] record took so long [to complete] and took so much out of me. Because once you express it and you get it out, you've just got to move on. That's one of the things [behind the breakup]: I was miserable and I wanted to be happy. And there were times where I didn't think she wanted to let stuff go, for whatever reasons, and that's just not me."

Read the entire interview at MTV.com.

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