Savage Garden star Darren Hayes is arguing about a bitter breakup with Daniel Jones at the height of the band’s fame

They were one of the biggest bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s, but then everything fell apart.

Former Savage Garden lead singer Darren Hayes has dished on what caused the band’s break-up at the height of their fame, calling bandmate Daniel Jones’ decision to quit a “great betrayal”.

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In a speech on The Kyle and Jackie O Show Thursday morning, Hayes admitted the couple hadn’t spoken to each other in years.

When Kyle Sandilands briefly pointed out that Hayes was “leaving” the band, he was quickly corrected.

“Now wait a minute, let me get this straight — Daniel left Savage Garden,” he said.

“I loved it. I would have been in this band forever.”

Daniel Jones and Darren Hayes of Savage Garden in 1997. Recognition: Ron Gallella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty

By 2001, Savage Garden had released two albums – their self-titled debut (released in 1997) and Affirmation (1999) – and rode out a string of hit singles including “I Want You,” “Truly Madly Deeply” and “Truly Madly Deeply.” the wave crest To the moon and back.

They had penetrated the US market and had a worldwide number 1 hit with Knew I Loved You when Jones was having a “crisis”.

Darren Hayes during the Savage Garden years. Recognition: Getty

“I really supported him (because) he absolutely hated the experience of being famous,” Hayes told Jackie O.

“Before the release of this second album, he decided that he didn’t want this life – which is absolutely his right.

“A week before ‘Affirmation’ came out we had the number one single worldwide and Daniel had a life crisis and decided he didn’t want to do it anymore.

“We had to convince him, ‘Could you maybe do the album on tour and work that out later?'”

Savage Garden performed in 2000. Recognition: Brian Rasic/Getty Images

The band stayed together for two more years before breaking up in 2001.

“His departure was a huge rug that was pulled out from under me and we couldn’t really talk about it due to contractual issues,” Hayes explained.

“He held this press conference where he said, ‘Oh, this is the first time I’m hearing about this,’ which was so stupid because people thought I left the band.”

Hayes refers to a press conference Jones held in Brisbane in October 2001, in which he said he was “disappointed” that the band was breaking up and claimed Hayes made the decision without consulting him.

Hayes has vehemently denied this claim, noting, “He has never made music since.”

Jones now works in real estate while Hayes continues to perform and release music.

Darren Hayes now. Recognition: The morning show

He said he “forgive” Jones, but they hadn’t reconnected.

“If someone does that to you and doesn’t apologize – I mean, Kyle still believes the lie (that Hayes broke up the band).

“That’s a pretty big betrayal.”

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