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Avi Kaplan Exits Pentatonix in Tearful Goodbye Video

Variety logo Variety 5/12/2017 Erin Nyren
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In an emotional video released Friday, Avi Kaplan announced his departure from a cappella group Pentatonix. Kaplan stated that he had been struggling with the decision for a while, and thanked fans for their support over the past six years.

Kaplan went on to explain that a large part of PTX’s success is due to the fast pace of their engagements, and that throughout his time with the group, he’s had a hard time coping with the inability to see his friends and family when he needed to. He also wished the remaining members of the now four-person group well.

“I believe in what we do, and I believe in what they will do,” he said. “I could never inhibit their success in any way. I would never, ever want that.”

Kaplan, who sang bass for the group, said he will continue to create music. The singer held back tears as he expressed his hope that their fans would understand his decision to go with his heart. He added that he will still be performing in all of their upcoming tour dates.

Pentatonix won season 3 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” and have done tribute performances on several awards shows. Their collaboration with Dolly Parton on her classic “Jolene” went viral after their appearance on “The Voice,” for which they won their third Grammy award as 2017’s best country duo/group performance.

According to a Variety source, Kirstin Maldonado, the mezzo-soprano in the group, is apparently working on a solo EP at RCA Records — also the group’s label. She provided guest vocals on a Helena Legend track, “Dose of You,” which is credited as “Helena Legend x kirstin(tm).” Maldonado then changed all her social media handles to the moniker kirstin(tm), matching the name used on the track. However, Maldonado has yet to release any public statements about new work. Whether any solo material from Maldonado would mean yet another member of the group departing is unclear.

Watch the video below or on Pentatonix’s Facebook page.

A MESSAGE FROM AVI Hello everyone. If you haven’t yet watched the video then these words might come as a shock to you. If you have watched, know that this is exactly what I would have said in the video, if filming it wasn’t one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do. This morning, I announced that I will be taking a step back from PTX. I’ve struggled with this decision a lot. It has been the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life. Before I explain why, I want you all to know that the past 6 years have been the most unbelievable years of my life. The things we’ve accomplished, the places we’ve seen, the people we’ve touched with our music… It surpasses anything that I could have ever dreamed up for my life. I believe one of the big reasons why we have been so successful and accomplished all that we have is because of the unbelievably fast pace that we keep. Throughout my journey with PTX, this pace has always been a struggle for me. It’s been hard for me not to be with my family and friends when I need them or when they need me. It’s been hard to not be able to escape into nature when I’m feeling overwhelmed or just need some time to myself. Through all of this, I’ve done my best and I’ve kept pushing myself to keep up. Really, the reason why I’ve been able to push so hard and for so long has been because of you guys. You all have inspired me and lifted me up every single day and, for that, I am eternally grateful. I do love you all so very much, but I’ve come to a point where I just can’t keep up anymore and I would never want to inhibit any type of success that we have because I truly do believe in everything that we’ve done and everything that they will do. I just know that I can no longer continue at this pace and so I have to do what’s best for the group and I have to do what’s best for me. I do want you all to know that I’m still going to be doing music and I’m going to be doing it with my whole heart. I will ALWAYS do my best to lift others up with my voice. I hope that you’ll all support my decision and that you can understand where I’m coming from. And regardless of anything, I just want to thank you for all that you’ve given to me. I have been so unbelievably blessed and humbled to be a part of all your lives in any way and I wanted you to hear this from me. From my voice. And from my heart. I love you all deeply and I thank you for everything. Truly. And just so you know, I will still be performing at all of our announced shows, so come say hi and give me a hug. I love hugs. Avi #PTXForever

Posted by Pentatonix on Friday, May 12, 2017

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