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Paramore’s Hayley Williams Pens Letter to Her Younger Self

Hayley Williams Paramore Spring 2023
Photo via Paramore Website

Paramore’s Hayley Williams has been on a hot streak lately. Acting as support for Taylor Swift’s opening night on the “Eras Tour,” the band’s first new album in six years was released in February, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their self-titled album last week—the Paramore fan base has been well-fed over the last several months.

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To mark Williams’ friend’s birthday this weekend, the vocalist penned an inspiring letter to her younger self. In an Instagram Story, Williams shared, “My friend Elise has a newsletter and she sends out shorthand text newsletters that constantly encourage and inspire me. For her birthday, she asked friends and creatives to contribute by writing notes to their teenage selves.”

For the newsletter, Williams wrote the following:

Good and also Evil
Kind and also Careful
Hurt and also Healing
Empathy and also Not My Problem
Bad Men and also Lovely Ones
Vulnerable and also Fuck Off
Vengeance and also Forgiveness
Stay Home and also See The World
Big Smile and also Depression
Distance and also Closer Than Ever
Intimacy and also No One Will Ever Truly Know Me
Straight and also Spectrum
Newborn and also Ancient Wisdom
Neons and also Neutrals
Hope and also Dystopia
Acceptance and also Rage
God and also Nothing
Everywhere and also Right Here
True Love and also Loneliness
Believing and also Seeing
Dreams Of The Future and also Painstakingly Present
Getting Better and also Enough
I would tell her to learn that life is both/and.

Paramore is currently on tour in the UK before returning to the US in support of their sixth studio album This Is Why, which arrived on Feb. 1. You can check out the full list of tour dates below.

Tour Dates:

  • April 13—Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
  • April 15—Cardiff, Wales @ Cardiff International Arena
  • April 17—Glasgow, Scotland @ OVO Hydro
  • April 18—Manchester, England @ AO Arena
  • April 20—London, England @ The O2
  • April 22—Birmingham, England @ Utilita Arena Birmingham
  • April 23—London, England @ The O2
  • May 23—Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center *^
  • May 25—Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena *^
  • May 27—Atlantic City, NJ @ Adjacent Music Festival
  • May 30—New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *^
  • June 2—Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena *^
  • June 4—Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse *^
  • June 5—Indianapolis, IN @ Gainbridge Fieldhouse *^
  • June 7—Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena *^
  • June 8—Toronto, Ontario @ Scotiabank Arena *^
  • June 10—Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center *^
  • June 11—Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paint Arena *^
  • June 13—Orlando, FL @ Amway Center *^
  • June 14—Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live *^
  • July 6—New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center +o
  • July 8—Fort Worth, TX @ Dickies Arena +o
  • July 9—Austin, TX @ Moody Center +o
  • July 11—Houston, TX @  Toyota Center +o
  • July 13—Denver, CO @ Ball Arena +o
  • July 16—San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena +
  • July 19—Los Angeles, CA @ Kia Forum + 
  • July 22—San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center +
  • July 24—Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena +o
  • July 25—Portland, OR @  Veterans Memorial Coliseum +o
  • July 27—Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Arena +o
  • July 29—Tulsa, OK @  BOK Center +o
  • July 30—St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center +o
  • Aug. 2—Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center +o

* with Bloc Party

+ with Foals

o with The Linda Lindas

^ with Genesis Owusu

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