"It just felt like the right time to close the chapter," the 'On My Own' hitmaker mused to BBC Newsbeat. "I don't think anybody felt suffocated in the band, I think it's just a kind of quote that's got taken a bit out of context."
She also claimed it was interviews like Harding's that made her want to write her forthcoming autobiography.
"I'm just being as truthful and as honest as I can be and hopefully people will be interested in that," she enthused.
We'll just read between the lines on that one shall we.