During an interview with Sonic Perspectives, Ashley Purdy discussed his departure from Black Veil Brides. The bassist revealed that he exited the band shortly after spending time in a psychiatric hospital for grief counseling and also seemingly implied that it wasn’t entirely his choice to leave.
Purdy said the following:
“What sucks was the timing of it all. They didn’t have anything to do with each other. There are legal aspects of what I can say about the departure.
Fans of the band are continually coming up to me, asking why did I leave the band. Technically, I didn’t leave; I’m just not in the band anymore. I have to talk in those terms right now.
Black Veil Brides is a corporate business, and there are legal rules. It’s like a divorce, and we are working it all out.
People can make their own assessments about things, but when you make a record, don’t tour for two years, only to make another record, don’t tour for two more years, the morale of the band starts to go away. The band is a job, and it’s how you pay your bills and put food on the table. When it doesn’t happen, you have to start looking for other things to do.”
He also added the following about his emotional and physical well-being:
“It just had to take its course, but at least I was strong enough to know I needed to seek help. I was trying to be a tough guy and deal with it on my own until one day I broke. I went to a physician to get some meds after telling him my story, and he was, like, ‘No, you need more treatment.’ I was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a week to get medicine, therapy, and grief counseling. At the group sessions, I heard other people’s stories and knew I wasn’t alone. The oddest thing was a psychic medium who I didn’t know, reached out to me through a friend of a friend to give me a message from the people who passed into the afterlife. What the medium told me was very believable, as nobody would have known the level of details they shared. Strangely, hearing that they were okay helped me. This whole thing changed my perspective and I’m living a different way. I’m an open book now. There is nothing I won’t say or do or help someone. It’s part of life, and I’m accepting of it.”