Hayley Williams Shares Feelings On 'After Laughter' Anniversary In Open Letter
Last week, Paramore's latest record "After Laughter" had its one year anniversary.
And besides the numerous moving posts of fans sharing their experiences and stories related to the album, Paramore's Hayley Williams added her thoughts and feelings about it to the pile as well by publishing a heartfelt open letter via her Instagram.
"Sometimes I feel just as lost and confused as I did a year ago", she writes.
"But there is laughter now just as there was in the midst of that heavy grey cloud. And when that cloud threatens to darken every delight and beautiful color that we strive so hard to see... sometimes I let it. Welcome it, even. But I think I feel a tiny bit more hopeful that it will soon give way to something else. Maybe not even sunlight. Maybe just as laugh. A big, ugly, takes-over-your-body laugh. And I will forget to worry. [...]"
"And when I see my dearest friends struggling to escape that cloud, I will try my best to sit with them, cry with them, and let them feel. Because that cloud will give way to them too. [...] What matters more is that we aren't forced to sit, stand, or dance alone underneath it. And when there is laughter, someone - or many! - we love are there to witness it."
And if that alone wasn't enough to make us all choked up and emotional, she closes her letter with this:
"Thank you - anyone - for supporting this album. It means a lot. Of course it does. Hopefully, it has helped in some way to comfort you in times that weren't so comfortable. Hopefully, it can continue to. Hopefully you can read this god-forsaken penmanship."
"See some of you very soon where we will be able to dance - rainclouds, be damned! - and celebrate together, our life, with AL."
What are your thoughts on both her letter and 'After Laughter" itself? Has it impacted your life in any way? Feel free to share your story in the comments below or via Twitter!
You can read Hayley's full letter below.