Despite the band’s reunion, Justin Hawkins continues to grapple with guilt over his role in the split of The Darkness. While the singer faced challenges breaking into the music industry initially, he eventually found success with The Darkness and their debut album, “Permission To Land,” featuring the hit “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” Released in 2003, the album propelled them to fame, but the band disbanded a few years later. Now, Hawkins is opening up about their time in the spotlight through an upcoming documentary.
Amidst his current tour, Hawkins took a moment during a performance to reflect on his experience with The Darkness. Speaking to fans in Manchester, he shared that he often “felt really bad” for his brother Dan. Acknowledging his brother as the driving force behind the band’s success, Hawkins admitted, “Silly old Justin took all the drugs and [messed] it up.” Battling constant struggles with addiction, Hawkins also emphasized the weight of having to “live with the consequences of that,” referring to the band’s breakup.