Mumford & Sons' Winston Marshall steps away from band following controversial book endorsement 7 months ago

Mumford & Sons' Winston Marshall steps away from band following controversial book endorsement

"I have offended not only a lot of people I don’t know, but also those closest to me, including my bandmates and for that I am truly sorry."

Mumford & Sons' musician Winston Marshall has told fans that he will be taking a short break from the band on Instagram.

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The statement comes days after Marshall attracted controversy over a book he appeared to endorse over the weekend. The book in question - Unmasked by Andy Ngo promises to examine "Antifa's radical plan to destroy democracy".

In the past, the book's author has dubbed the Proud Boys as a "pro-Trump fraternity". Additionally, Ngo has claimed that left-wing activists are on a mission to "destroy the nation-state, America in particular".

Winston sent a tweet of support to Ngo following the book's release. "Finally had the time to read your important book." he said. "You're a brave man."

Since then, the musician has apologised for the endorsement.

He said: "Over the past few days I have come to better understand the pain caused by the book I endorsed."

"I have offended not only a lot of people I don’t know, but also those closest to me, including my bandmates and for that I am truly sorry."

He continued: "As a result of my actions I am taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots."

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"For now, please know that I realise how my endorsements have the potential to be viewed as approvals of hateful, divisive behaviour."

He added: "I apologise, as this was not at all my intention.”

The 33-year-old musician is a banjoist and guitarist with the hugely popular band. Mumford & Sons have been performing together since 2007.

Their first album Sigh No More won Best British Album at the 2011 Brit Awards and six Grammy Awards. Their last album Delta was released in 2018.