While still not giving the exact reason why Slipknot parted ways with Joey Jordison late last year, frontman Corey Taylor has divulged more than he ever has about the drummer's ousting from the band.

In a new interview with Metal Hammer, Taylor says he's still legally barred from telling the whole story behind Jordison's firing from the band, but he points to some behavioral issues and conflicts of interest as reasons behind the split.

"I can't talk too much about it because we're going through the legalities of everything right now and settling everything, but it's when a relationship hits that T-section and one person's going one way and you're going the other,' explains Taylor. "And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you've got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made."

He adds, "We're all happy right now and we hope that he is. I've known him since '91, and that was before we were in bands together, and he's incredibly talented; he's just in a place in his life, right now, that's not where we are... in the nicest terms."

The Slipknot vocalist was then asked if Jordison's issues were drug related, to which he responded, "There's only so far that I can give an explanation. For me, that has to be a sign of growing up, because before I would've just railed at whatever I thought the supposed evil was, but now it's like, how do you explain to the fans?"

Taylor concludes, "I haven't talked to Joey in a while, to be honest. That's how different we are. It's not because I don't love him and I don't miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That's what it really comes down to. It's just a f--king shame."

Pick up the latest issue of Metal Hammer to read the full interview.

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