Taylor Momsen Recalls The ‘Gossip Girl’ Role Caused Her Band’s Disbandment

Former ‘Gossip Girl’ star and the Pretty Reckless lead singer Taylor Momsen recently appeared on SiriusXM’s Podcrushed podcast and revealed how her role in the series ended the band she formed in school.

After mentioning how being a child actress affected her educational life, the musician talked about her middle school days, saying:

“That was the first [full] year where I was in school, and I had the opportunity to try and actually make friends. I put a band together. It was my first band, my middle-school band, a garage band. We never could settle on a name. But we would jam after school, and that was always fun. I was singing, playing guitar, writing.”

However, her life changed when she got the role in ‘Gossip Girl,’ as Momsen further recalled:

“So as soon as I started to find my little groove in school as a normal kid, ‘Gossip Girl’ came about, and I got uprooted to New York. The band fell apart. We were gonna be huge. It was a real bummer.”

Although her first band split up, the vocalist stepped into the music scene again with the Pretty Reckless. She explained:

“And I had to kind of restart it all again in New York, which didn’t take me that long. And it took a minute to find the right band members… I really wanted to make my own kind of makeshift family. I wanted to be in a band; I wanted to be part of something and not do it by myself. I wanted to be The Beatles; I didn’t want to be Elvis — who wants to do this alone? I wanted to share it with people.”

The band just wrapped their summer tour with Halestorm, where they promoted their ‘Death by Rock and Roll’ album. The Pretty Reckless members also entered the studio to work on a follow-up record, as Momsen confirmed in a May chat with Ronni Hunter of the 99.7 The Blitz radio station.