British boy band JLS have announced they are splitting after five years together. The four-piece, who found fame on The X Factor, will part ways later this year following a farewell tour and greatest hits album, both entitled Goodbye. In a statement, the band said: ‘It has been the most incredible journey over the last 6 years and we have achieved more things than we could have ever dreamed possible.
‘Thanks to all of you guys, your support, your dedication and your love, you have changed our lives forever and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you.’
Referring to their plans for bowing out, the statement continued: ‘We are currently in the studio working on what will be our last album Goodbye The Greatest Hits
We will be bringing you a new single later in the year to coincide with the album and the tour. Goodbye. The Greatest Hits Tour will be the last time that we will perform together as a 4 and we want to make sure that this tour is the best ever and that we end on a high!
Aston Merrygold, 25, told the paper: ‘It’s just that time. We are still best of friends and always will be – but this is the end.’ Marvin Humes, 28, added: ‘We wanted to finish on a high. We’re finishing with an arena tour our third arena tour – and that is a massive achievement.
‘The last five or so years have been nothing short of incredible. It has been an incredible journey.’
The group certainly had the last laugh after coming second to Alexandra Burke on The X Factor in 2009.
Simon Cowell turned down the chance to sign them, so they went on to sell over 10 million records following their deal with Epic Records.