FORMER Huddersfield music student turned rock star Justin Hawkins has quit rock band The Darkness.
Justin, 31, is said to have told bandmates the news last night.
His decision to leave the band comes after a three-year battle against drugs which has seen the outrageous frontman spend £150,000 on cocaine.
Justin, who studied at Huddersfield Technical College, has now been free of drugs for more than two months after a spell in the celebrity detox clinic The Priory.
His bandmates, including his brother Dan, plan to carry on with the band, whose biggest hit, I Believe in a Thing Called Love, made number two in the charts in 2003.
The group's first album, Permission to Land, sold 1.5m copies.
In an interview Justin said: "I hit absolute rock bottom. I spent over £150,000 on cocaine in three years - a frightening amount.
"I was consuming up to five grams a day which cost me £1,000 a week, sometimes more."
Now Justin says he must leave the band to make a full recovery.
He added: "There are people who can be in bands and stay clean, but I'm not one of them."
He added: "Let's not pretend - there are upsides to drugs. It's a thrill, a bit naughty.
"But you pay a price. You lose a massive chunk of your life - and money."