Panic at the Disco is ending after almost two decades, but why did the band break up? Read on to find out.

Frontman Brendon Urie announced the sad news in an Instagram statement on Tuesday (January 24) and also revealed he is expecting a baby with his wife Sarah.

Formed in 2004 by Urie and his childhood friends Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, and Brent Wilson, the Las Vegas-based pop-rock group has fans across the globe.

The band, who released six studio albums, will end after their European tour finishes in March, less than a year after the album Viva Las Vengeance arrived in August 2022.

Here’s the real reason for the break-up…

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Why did Panic! at the Disco break up?

  • Panic! at the Disco is breaking up so that Brendon Urie can focus on his new family.

In his statement, the 35-year-old said: “I am going to bring this chapter of my life to an end and put my focus and energy on my family, and with that Panic! at the Disco will be no more.”

The original members Ryan, Spencer, and Brent already left the group years ago and Brendan is the only person in the group in 2023.

He released the band’s final three albums Death of a Bachelor, Pray for the Wicked, and Viva Las Vengeance as solo projects with guests.

So, the band didn’t actually break up as such, Urie simply chose to end the group as he was the only remaining member.

The star went on to thank fans for their “immense support” over the years and said he “can’t put into words how much it has meant to us”.

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Brendon Urie is expecting a baby

The founding member is expecting his first baby with his wife Sarah, who he met in 2009 whilst on tour and married in 2013.

“Sarah and I are expecting a baby very soon!” the star wrote. “The prospect of being a father and getting to watch my wife become a mother is both humbling and exciting.”

He added they had been trying to keep it to themselves but some had “already heard” before saying he looks forward to this “next adventure”.

Brendon and Sarah always said they didn’t want kids, although they never ruled out the possibility of changing their minds.

It was love at first sight for the couple. Brendon saw her outside his tour bus in Detroit and said she was “the most gorgeous creature” and “most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life”.

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Panic! at the Disco will end after the tour

“Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or are just finding us, it has been a pleasure to not only share the stage with so many talented people but also share our time with you,” Brendon continued.

He said he looks forward to seeing everyone in Europe and the UK for “one last run together” before the group ends for good.

The star is performing across Europe throughout February, including Vienna, Munich, Rotterdam, and Belgium before heading to the UK.

He visits Glasgow on March 3, followed by Birmingham and two London dates. Then, the tour will conclude in Manchester on March 10.

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