Andy Nicholson – who also goes by the name GOLDTEETH on his solo project – was one of the Arctic Monkeys’ founding members.
In 2006 he was replaced by Nick O’Malley who was initially only drafted in as a temporary replacement for him on the band’s North American dates.
Now, Nicholson has opened up about the aftermath of leaving the band.
“I still to this day don’t really know the full reason of what happened to me or why it happened.” He said on an episode The Michael Anthony Show.
As Radio X reports, asked if he was depressed to the point of considering suicide, Nicholson answered: “Course, I was very close to… not being here, do you know what I mean?
“And then managing to talk to people, and getting through it, and time heals everything.”
The musician, DJ, record producer and photographer – who featured on the band’s debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – also revealed the band broke the news to him at their management’s office.
“It was probably one of the few soul destroying moments of my life,” he recalled.
Talking about his reaction after being told, he revealed how he tried to remain stoic and wished his bandmates good luck.
“I was trying to be solid about this,” he explained. “So I remember I shook all three of their hands, and I walked outside and I had this jumper on, and took it off and I just remember throwing it to one side”.