Mumford & Sons’ Winston Marshall Says He Was ‘Convicted’

Former Mumford & Sons musician Winston Marshall, 34, says he

Former Mumford & Sons musician Winston Marshall, 34, says he “got his soul back” after leaving the popular band. (Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)

Winston Marshallthe former banjo player and guitarist of mumfordsays he “lost a lot of friends” and was “condemned” by other artists after his controversial tweets in 2021 that led him to leave the popular rock band.

In a new interview with the Sunday Times MagazineMarshall, 34, discussed being “cancelled.”

“I’ve met a few other people who have been canceled, whatever that means, and they’re talking about a few years later people who were part of the mob getting in touch and saying, ‘Hey mate, are you around?’ They helped destroy your life, but it was so casual they don’t even remember,” Marshall said. “I was amazed at how other artists judged me. I’ve lost a lot of friends.”

Marshall has left the group in June 2021, citing a “tough decision first triggered by an unintended Twitter storm.” That storm started in March, when Marshall congratulated controversial conservative journalist Andy Ngo on his new book on the far-left anti-fascist movement known as antifa. At the time, the musician shared a photo of Ngo’s book, Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, What includes an endorsement from Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

“Congratulations @MrAndyNgo,” Marshall said in his tweet, which he subsequently deleted. “Finally had the 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 backlash. Though he quickly fired an apology, the damage was done. He says he struggled to sleep and lost weight during the fallout, returning to practicing Christianity. In the end, he soon came to reconsider his decision to apologize.

“Your first reaction is ‘I’m so sorry I offended you,'” Marshall told the… Sunday Times Magazine† “I apologized because I felt like I may not fully understand this topic, and I need to understand.”

“As I continued to investigate, I increasingly felt that I had collaborated in a lie,” he added. “That really affected my conscience. … Those few months between apologizing and quitting were very traumatizing psychologically.”

His bandmates were also angry at being drawn into the controversy as a result of their friend’s tweets.

“They were dragged under the bus with me; that was a horrible experience for them,” he said.

Eventually, Marshall realized he had to choose the band or his new beliefs. Despite rumors that he’s been fired from the band, Marshall insists he left it himself.

Marshall also revealed that he has been sober for three years. Him and actress Dianna Agron divorced in 2020 after four years of marriage, around which time he said he “came to Christ again”.

“I don’t miss fame, I don’t think it was real,” he said. “I was seduced by it. I was drawn in. This recent experience in particular made me realize that many of my friends in that world were not my real friends.”

Free from the band’s limitations, Marshall said he “got his soul back.”

“I felt like I could sleep again, it’s amazing the effect that had on me. It was completely liberating,” he said. “I feel it was the right decision.”

He has chosen to include censorship as his main focus, writing an editorial called “When artists become the censors” for Substack by writer Bari Weiss.

“Artists of course have the right to boycott. The difference now is that it’s ‘shut up or I’m gone,’ he explained. “This feels so bizarre and I don’t think it’s going to end well. Musicians’ careers are all about self-expression, so how can they think that’s going to work if they’re not there for people to express themselves?”

Despite his new venture as a blogger, Marshall admitted 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.”

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