As of press time, there has been no official announcement from Atreyu, but Lambgoat reports that Varkatzas has left the group. Drummer and co-vocalist Brandon Saller will most likely handle vocals going forward, but so far, things are unclear.
Our guesses are it may have something to do with Varkatzas welcoming the birth of his daughter — something he just announced on his Instagram.
"World! Meet Sophia Jean Varkatzas. My darling girl," he wrote. "Life has ruthlessly been taking from me lately. 2019thru2020 has done its best to destroy me. Testing me to my mental limits. The horrible, fake people and things that have exited my life this year have been replaced by something so pure and sweet. It feels like a new start."
Varkatzas then followed that up by another post, saying he would be silent for a while.
"I think it's time to check out of the gram for a bit and spend time with my darlings," he wrote in a second post. "I wish you all peace and power. If you need me, you know how to get at me. I promise to not be gone long...."
For now, stay tuned for further details as they become available.
UPDATE (8/24, 2 p.m. ET): Varkatzas has now responded to the rumours he has left Atreyu, though he's frustratingly neither confirmed nor denied the reports. The band themselves have also still not issued a formal statement in any way. Today he posted the lyrics to Stone Temple Pilots' "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart" along with the hashtags #fakenews and #falsenarrative. Then he posted a video saying he has "so much creative energy" and is looking to start a new musical project. But again, doesn't make it clear if he's still in Atreyu or not. You can see both his recent posts below.
I need to shred bro. I'm thinking blood has been shed , meets a little in flames , with a bit of the old Lamb of freaking god thrown in on top. Maybe an ep? Maybe a full length? I need to crush! I miss high fives and stage dives. These should be interesting comments ... go!
World! Meet Sophia Jean Varkatzas. My darling girl. Life has ruthlessly been taking from me lately . 2019thru2020 has done its best to destroy me. Testing me to my mental limits. The horrible , fake people and things that have exited my life this year have been replaced by something so pure and sweet. It feels like a new start. It's all possible because @hollie_varkatzas is a superstar. I know one or two people who make some pretty lame/tacky/transparent wife appreciation posts trying to sell an altered version of the truth. It has always seemed so forced it turned me off to it. Years ago my man @josemangin explained it to me in a way that made sense(thanks man). So let me tell you hollie is the real deal. In world full of fake and insincere she is true and steadfast. I love her. Our children are so lucky to have her as the QB . I'm just the running back. (Well i don't even watch football so😹) have a great day. Be true and sincere and follow your heart . I love my family.