November 14th, 2011
04:03 PM ET

R.E.M.'s Stipe: We love each other, but it's over

Don't call it a breakup, call it a disbanding, musician Michael Stipe explained to CNN's Shanon Cook on the end of R.E.M. as we knew them.

When the iconic and influential group announced in September that they were "calling it a day as a band," the Internet seemed to go into mourning, and Stipe says the blogosphere erupted with theories.

"Everyone has their opinion on when R.E.M. should have, or might should have, broken up, but we don't even call it breaking up, we disbanded," Stipe says. "Between the three of us, we kind of arrived at it at the same time...there's no animosity, there's no weirdness...we love each other, and have huge respect for each other. We reached a point where it didn't feel like it made sense to carry on any further, and we happened to do that at a very high point in a 31-year career of highs and lows."

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