Is Luke Hemmings leaving 5 Seconds of Summer to go solo?! That seems to be the question on everyone’s minds after the singer announced his first solo album, When Facing the Things We Turn Away From, is coming in August. So is he parting ways with his fellow bandmates — Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford? Not to worry, you guys, because we have all the important details for you. Here’s everything you need to know…
First Off, What Do We Know About The Album?
Hemmings first announced that he was releasing his own LP on June 30, 2021, via Instagram. He wrote, “I couldn’t be prouder to introduce you to When Facing the Things We Turn Away From; a project that grew out of a year of enforced stillness. I’m so grateful for the journey this album has taken me on and I’m so thankful to have had this creative outlet during my time at home. Lyrically and sonically, this album has allowed me to decipher the last 10 years of my life and help me make sense of the person I am today and how I got here … Thank you to my brothers in 5SOS for your support and allowing me to pursue this project. Endless love to you.”
So when will it come out, you ask? Mark your calendars, people, because it’s set to drop on August 13, 2021. And want to know the best part? Hemmings has actually already released the first single off of it, called “Starting Line,” and it’s a total bop! As for the track list, lucky for us, he has already shared the names of the songs that will appear on the album, and it turns out, there will be 12 in total. Check out the full list:
- “Starting Line”
- “Place in Me”
- “Baby Blue”
- “Slip Away”
- “A Beautiful Dream”
Does This Mean Luke Hemmings Is Leaving 5SOS?
Naturally, after the musician shared the news, people started to wonder if this meant he was leaving the band or if they were breaking up.
“So did 5SOS break up or are they just doing solo projects?” one fan questioned on Twitter, with another adding, “Wait is Luke leaving 5SOS?”
But not to worry, you guys, it doesn’t look like they’re splitting up any time soon! It looks like this is just a side project for Hemmings, since he was actually spotted in the studio with the rest of the 5SOS guys hours after making the announcement about his solo album. Phew.
Plus, his bandmates have already shown their support for Hemming’s new album online! Yep, Hood quickly took to Twitter to let everyone know he had Hemmings’ back, where posted a meme that said “Super hot.” Plus, the band also commented a heart under the star’s Instagram announcement.
Have Any Other Members Released Solo Albums?
Yes! It turns out, the 24-year-old is not the first 5SOS member to release music on his own. Back in October, Irwin actually dropped an album of his own called Superbloom, and fans are still obsessed with it.
“It is with a great explosion of joy and with my entire soul that I proudly announce that I am releasing my first solo record on October 23,” he wrote when he first announced it last year. “Superbloom explores my inner philosophies and feelings about the walk of life I have found myself on. It brings me the greatest joy of all that I am in a band that allows me to create freely inside and outside of it. I can’t wait for you to hear it.”
After its release, he confirmed that the group wasn’t splitting up and that he wasn’t leaving them to make solo music. He said in an interview, “A band is often a trauma bond because you’ve been through so much together. 5 Seconds of Summer has been my life’s work. I’ve always been really driven in pushing that band into the stratosphere. I’ve been every almost every place on earth and told them that I give a f**k about being in 5 Seconds of Summer.”
He added that if it wasn’t for the pandemic, he’d be touring the world with his bandmates but since it was canceled it gave him “the perfect chance for me to make some music on my own, test my songwriting ability and start a little venture on the side for me to live in when 5SOS isn’t busy.”
What Else Has Luke Hemmings Been Up To Lately?
Besides making an album, Hemmings has also stayed busy in the romance department. Yep, he announced in June 2021 that he was engaged to longtime girlfriend Sierra Deaton!
“With shaking hands but a full heart, I proposed to my best friend earlier this year. I love you Thao and I can’t imagine my life without you,” he wrote on Instagram at the time, alongside some pics from the moment he got down on one knee.
According to People Magazine, he popped the question in Malibu, CA, back in February. Deaton added in a post of her own, “It was fun keeping this a secret for so long, but my heart is nearly bursting at the seams. Can’t wait for forever @lukehemmings.”
Congratulations! It seems like there’s a lot to look forward to for Hemmings, and we couldn’t be more excited for him.