Fans can sigh no more about those Mumford & Sons break-up rumors. After Winston Marshall, the group's banjo and guitar player, told Vulture that Mumford & Sons was done for good, a rep for the band explained that the musician was joking.
Last September, Mumford & Sons informed its fans that the band was set to take a long break at the end of an international tour. "There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future," keyboardist Ben Lovett said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
As to when the band would return, Lovett continued, "We have no idea. We just know we’re going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that."
In the new interview with Vulture, Marshall said that the band's time off is permanent. "I wish I had something to say about Mumford & Sons," he told the publication. "It was a good time. It’s over."
Lest fans panic and start playing "I Will Wait" on repeat, however, Mumford & Sons' rep said in an email to HuffPost Entertainment that Marshall "was joking about everything."
For what it's worth, lead singer Marcus Mumford talked his way around the band's reported breakup earlier this year. "Everyone keeps asking if we’ve broken up as a band, which I love, so I keep saying 'yes,'" Mumford told UK radio station XFM. "Then we can have a big comeback tour next year!"
After winning Grammy awards including Album of the Year for 2012's "Babel," Mumford & Sons toured in support of the project for months. "Babel" was the band's second studio album, following 2009's "Sigh No More." Both records were highly lucrative for Mumford & Sons, going multi-platinum and topping the Billboard 200 chart.