June 4, 2002

BUSH leader Gavin Rossdale has issued a response to guitarist Nigel Pulsford's claim that he was fired from the group six days after the birth of his son. In an entry in his online journal, Rossdale wrote that "I have been waiting to speak to Nigel. Obviously, we need to talk — because of that, I have not been able to write in the journal as I was waiting for more info. Also, it is essential that we maintain the integrity (me and Nigel) that we have enjoyed for years. We have achieved momentous things. It would be wrong to betray that.

"The idea that I fired [Nigel] six days after the birth of his son is wrong and untrue. I wrote him a letter. I opened the can of worms, and quite simply, he evaporated. But yes, I did write the letter.

"It was not sudden. By his own admission, he had been unsure of his desire to continue. Over the years, that becomes less helpful. Being in a band is being together against the world. You need to be pulling in the same direction. Mostly.

"I do not want to say any more on this for now. It does no one any favors. It is not ideal and it is not easy, but it is life and that's how it is."

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