Boy band JLS are to split, five years after rising to fame on the X Factor.
The official website of the British R&B group confirmed the split, thanking their fans for their support.
“We wanted to make sure that you heard it from the four of us, that we have decided to bring our time as a band to an end. 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.”
The group, which consists of Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan ‘JB’ Gill, and Oritse Williams, were runners up in the TV reality show the X Factor in 2008.
In the following five years they notched up five number one hits and two Brit awards.
But the boys will leave fans with the parting gifts of a new single, a greatest hits album, and a final tour in December.
”We want to make sure that this tour is the best ever and that we end on a high! We will always remain brothers and friends and we will always be your boys. We want to look at this final year as a celebration of all that we have achieved together.”
They have pledged continuing to work together on their charitable foundation after the split.
“We want to raise as much money and awareness as possible for great causes and our partner Cancer Research UK,” says their message on the website.