May 12, 2017 03:52 PM EDT By Adam Samuel

Avi Kaplan Announces That He Is Leaving Pentatonix: “I've Struggled With This Decision a Lot” (VIDEO)

Avi Kaplan shared on Facebook that he is leaving Pentatonix. This comes as a shock to many, as the group was well known for being very close.

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In a tearful video shared on Facebook earlier today, Avi Kaplan of the a capella group Pentatonix, announced that he will be leaving the group to pursue other endeavors.


"This morning, I announced that I will be taking a step back from PTX," Kaplan explained in a written post under the video. "I've struggled with this decision a lot. It has been the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life. Before I explain why, I want you all to know that the past 6 years have been the most unbelievable years of my life."

Kaplan went on to discuss that "I've come to a point where I just can't keep up anymore and I would never want to inhibit any type of success that we have because I truly do believe in everything that we've done and everything that they will do."

This news comes as a surprise to many, as the group was well known for the closeness between its members, some of which have been friends since high school. Along with other member, Kevin Olusola, Avi joined the group later than the core three of Scott Hoying, Kirsten Maldonado, and Mitch Grassi. Pentatonix has achieved worldwide success with their music and unique sound.

Though the written message by Kaplan is moving and genuine, the video paints a rather curious picture. In it, the other members seem to be looking rather annoyed, as if conflict had been brewing for a while now. There may be no meaning behind this, but it is a somewhat interesting aspect of the video worth observing.

What do you think of this news? Do you think Pentatonix will be able recover from this major loss? Are we looking to far into how the other members are reacting in the video? Let us know in the comments below.

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