Former THE DARKNESS bassist Frankie Poullain has broken his silence regarding his departure from the group.Although Poullain's exit from the band (which happened on March 23) was initially attributed to "musical differences," the bassist has now confirmed to NME.COM that he was in fact fired. "Against my wishes I have been forced out of the group," he explained. "At DARKNESS HQ, where Justin [Hawkins, guitarist/vocalist] and his partner (DARKNESS manager Sue Whitehouse) reside, I have gradually been frozen out over a long period of time. The reason for this is not yet clear — certainly nothing to do with Justin's solo album which I think is a great idea. In any case it's inevitable the truth will come out in the end. "On a more positive note, the second album is incredible. Co-written by Justin, Dan and myself, I'm convinced it is destined to be a huge success. "I'd like to thank all DARKNESS fans from the bottom of my heart for the staggering amount of support and goodwill they have given me during both the band's five-year adventure and, perhaps more importantly, in the last two weeks, which I have found pretty difficult. They've given me the life I've always dreamed of, I am so grateful and I'll never forget them — I'll be back."