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Hayley Williams, Chad Gilbert separate after one year of marriage

By Wade Sheridan
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Hayley Williams, Chad Gilbert separate after one year of marriage
Hayley Williams arrives for The MTV Movie Awards on April 14, 2013. Williams has split from her husband Chad Gilbert. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

July 3 (UPI) -- Paramore singer Hayley Williams and New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert have split after one year of marriage.

The pair made the announcement Saturday in a joint statement shared on Williams' Instagram account.

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"So much more goes into putting a statement together than anyone will ever see. There's real life behind these black and white words. Sleepless nights and procrastination and sadness and fear... Unfortunately, it all ends up looking the same. Like some publicity crap," the post read.

"The two of us have been together for the better part of 10 years. We've grown up together and we've been beside each other through a lot of goodness and a lot of challenges," they continued."There is a challenge to trying to understand your own heart in the context of a relationship... and there is goodness in considering another heart, even in spite of your own. Marriage is not for the faint of heart. Love is an absolute risk. And it's up to each of us to stay hopeful even when the outcome isn't what we'd originally hoped for."

"We want to publicly state -- plainly, and only this time -- that we are splitting up. We also feel it important to state that we are going to be okay and in fact, we remain close friends who are good in each other's eyes. That's something we are deeply thankful for. Even though situations like these can feel defeating. We will continue to encourage and support each other personally and professionally."

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Williams and Gilbert ended their statement by thanking their families and fans.

Williams, 28, and Gilbert 36, began dating in 2008 before getting engaged in 2014. The pair tied the knot in Feb. 2016 during a low-key ceremony in Nashville.

Paramore recently released their fifth album After Laughter which features the single "Hard Times."

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