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Smith recently announced that he was officially leaving the group. Urie says of his departure, "It didn't take me by surprise. It wasn't talked about a lot. We had minimal conversations about what he wanted to do. Any time we'd hang out we were just hanging out as friends. There was never any business or band meeting. We still hang out all the time. It's nice to have a friend instead of worrying about band and business stuff.
"I knew shortly before [the announcement]. We had a few discussions and he told me what he wanted to do and I backed that 100 percent. Obviously I'm going to miss him in the band, but I'm proud of him. I love him to death."
Urie also spoke about being the last original member of the band. "Thinking about where I started -- I joined as the last member of the band before we started touring and got signed. Now I'm last man standing. But to me I love it so much. I love this band. I love everything about it -- touring, songwriting. So for me it's never been a question of stopping or letting go of it all because I love it too much." Read the full interview here.