Pentatonix is no longer a quintet, with singer Avi Kaplan announcing plans to leave the a cappella vocal group of which he’s been a part for six successful years.
Surrounded by the rest of the group, Kaplan made the announcement in a Facebook video, explaining that his decision to leave is something he’s been struggling with for awhile. “It has been the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life,” he admits.
Holding back tears, Kaplan explains that the band’s skyrocketing success has been a double-edged sword for him, revealing he’s had a tough time with the gruelling pace.
“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,” says Kaplan, admitting “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.”
Ultimately, Kaplan says he’s “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.”
Kaplan thanked his fans for their unwavering support in a tweet.
In the meantime, Kaplan will still continue to perform with Pentatonix on the group’s previously scheduled gigs. “I will still be performing at all of our announced shows, so come say hi and give me a hug,” he adds. “I love hugs.”