11/07/2014 05:15 BST | Updated 11/07/2014 05:59 BST

Ian Watkins' Former Lostprophets Bandmates Reveal Singer Insisted He Was Innocent

Ian Watkins’ former Lostprophets bandmates have opened up about their disgraced singer, who pleaded guilty to a number of child sex offences, including two counts of attempting to rape a baby, in 2013.

His former bandmates Lee Gaze and Stuart Richardson have revealed their shock and disgust, adding that during their conversations ahead of his trial, Ian insisted his was innocent.

Ian Watkins in 2009

Fellow guitarist Lee also recalls the last time he saw Ian, when they filmed a music video in December 2012, stating: “He seemed OK that day.”

Just a week later, Watkins was charged with child sex offences.

Following Ian’s conviction, the band released a statement, which read: “We are heartbroken, angry, and disgusted at what has been revealed. Our hearts go out to Ian's family, the fans and friends he betrayed, and most importantly, the victims of his crimes and others like them."

His former bandmates recently announced their comeback as new act No Devotion, fronted by singer Geoff Rickly.

Ian is currently serving a 35 year sentence. In January, he lodged an application for permission to appeal his sentence.