The band were scheduled to support Simple Plan at shows in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney this April, but have now cancelled their trip to Australia.
In a statement, Lambton says:
“I wanted to let you all know that Real Friends will be canceling our upcoming international appearances in Australia, Europe, and the UK. This has come recommended by both the band and my psychiatrist so I can have time to continue learning to live and deal with my diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
“Since coming home from recording, I am sober, on new medication, and undergoing an intensive outpatient group therapy program per the recommendation of my therapist. I am continuing to better myself so that Warped Tour this summer will be a fresh start for not only me, but for Real Friends as a whole.
“We all want to be the best possible versions of ourselves as individuals and in turn be the best possible version of Real Friends. We appreciate your support and understanding, and we want to note that this conversation about mental health will continue, but for now I’ll be continuing my treatment, and we’ll make Warped Tour something so special for you all.
“Thank you all for your love and support.”
Brisbane band Stateside have now been added to Simple Plan’s upcoming tour in Real Friends’ place.
Real Friends last toured Australia in a headline capacity in 2017, behind their album The Home Inside My Head.