As stated in the September issue of Alternative Press #255, Williams and Paramore guitarist Josh Farro confirmed they had been an item for nearly three years before splitting in the fall of 2007. "We didn`t know if it would look bad" says Williams. "We were so young, and it seemed like it would look like a big joke" Josh adds. "We didn`t want the band to be about me and Hayley being in a relationship together because then [the band] would be about our relationship, not our music. It distracts people from the whole point in being in a band".
Hayley said recently that she and Josh are better friends than an item (December 2009).