Winston Marshall, a former banger and guitarist for Mumford & Sons, says he “lost a lot of friends” and was “condemned” by other artists after his controversial 2021 tweets that led him out of the popular rock band.
In a new interview with Sunday Times MagazineMarshall, 34, argued it was “canceled.”
I met a few more people who were fired, whatever that meant, and they talk about a few years later people who were part of the mobbing contact and say, ‘Hey buddy, are you there?’ They helped you ruin your life, but it was done so casually that they don’t even remember, ”Marshall said. “I was surprised how other artists condemned me. I lost a lot of friends. “
Marshall left the group in June 2021, citing “a difficult decision first made by an unintentional storm on Twitter.” That storm began that March, when Marshall congratulated controversial conservative journalist Andy Ngo on his new book on far-left antifascism, a movement known as antifa. Then the musician shared a photo of Ngo’s book, Unmasked: within Antifa’s radical plan to destroy democracy, which contains the support of Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson.
“Congratulations @MrAndyNgo,” Marshall said in his twitter, which he subsequently deleted. “I finally had time to read your important book. You are a brave man. ”
As a result of his tweet, Marshall and the rest of the band faced a response. Although he soon fired an apology, the damage was done. He says he had trouble sleeping and lost weight in the midst of rainfall and returned to practicing Christianity. Eventually, he soon reconsidered his decision to apologize.
“Your initial reaction is ‘I’m so sorry I offended you,'” Marshall told Sunday Times Magazine. “I apologized because I felt like I might not fully understand this topic, and I need to understand it.”
“As I continued to research, I felt more and more that I was involved in a lie,” he added. “It really affected my conscience. … Those few months between apology and giving up were psychologically very traumatic. ”
His bandmates were also upset that they were embroiled in controversy over their friend’s tweets.
“They dragged them under the bus with me; it was a horrible experience for them, ”he shared.
Finally, Marshall realized he would have to choose a band or his newly discovered beliefs. Despite rumors that he was fired from the band, Marshall claims he “came out” on his own.
Marshall also revealed that he has been sober for three years. He and actress Dianna Agron divorced in 2020 after four years of marriage, and around that time he said he had “come back to Christ”.
“I don’t lack fame, I don’t think it was real,” he said. “I was seduced by it. I was drawn into it. Especially through this recent experience, I realized that many of my friends in that world were not my real friends. ”
Freed from the band’s restrictions, Marshall said he “got his soul back”.
“I felt I could fall asleep again. It’s an amazing effect it had on me. It was completely liberating,” he said. “I feel it was the right decision.”
He chose to pursue censorship as his main focus, writing an editorial entitled “When Artists Become Censors” for Substack by writer Bari Weiss.
“Obviously artists have the right to boycott. The difference now is that ‘shut him up or I’m out there,’ “he explained. “This is so bizarre and I don’t think it ends well. Musicians’ careers are purely self-expression, so how can I think they will succeed if they are not for people to express themselves? ”
Despite his new venture as a blogger, Marshall admitted that leaving the band he once loved was “incredibly difficult”.
“I imagined I was in my 60s and still playing with the band,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons it was so hard to leave. I thought we would always be together. ”