Last month, alt-metal act Evanescence announced a shakeup in their ranks, parting ways with guitarist Jen Majura and replacing her with longtime bassist Tim McCord. McCord’s position, in turn was filled by Sick Puppies' Emma Anzai.
But while Evanescence framed Majura's departure as friendly, calling her "dear friend" in a statement, Majura took to her Instagram to write that "none of this was [her] decision."
Now, in a new interview with Coffee With Ola, Majura expanded on her experience with the band, saying that when she first got the call that she was being let go, she thought it was a "bad joke."
“I remember, after I got the news, I hung up, and I have this hallway in between my studio and my living room, and I just lay there on the floor, staring at the ceiling, wondering what that was, and literally looking over to my suitcase that I had already started packing, because I was two weeks from going out on the road until pretty much the end of the year," Majura said.
Majura went on to say she has received offers from other bands since her dismissal, and "would like to consider [them], but not now, not yet. Because I feel like it would be not a nice move if I played the ‘okay’ person when I'm still processing. I'm not ready to jump into the next marriage right now. To be really honest, what I wanna do right now is, first of all, focus on me and my music again.”
She continued, "I feel like I lost a little bit of my music inside of me during these past years, because…What I right now do, what I right now want to do is I wanna reconnect with myself and feel and hear and play my music again. And who knows? The plan is, so far — you heard it here first — I'm gonna write my third solo album."
Regarding how she feels about the firing now, Majura said, "Honestly, it's three weeks now since I got the news, and I'm still in this blurry, oblivious momentum. I guess I'm still in shock, because after being married six years, all of a sudden you're divorced."
You can watch the full Coffee with Ola interview below.