'We are still best of friends and always will be – but this is the end': JLS shock fans by announcing split after five years
00:05 GMT, 24 April 2013
00:06 GMT, 24 April 2013
British boy band JLS have announced they are splitting up 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.
The group announced their shock split in an interview with The Sun, admitting they had chosen to go out on a high rather than suffer a decline like other pop acts.
Farewell: JLS (L-R) Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold, Ortise Williams and JB Gill are splitting after five years together
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.'
Humble beginnings: JLS – which stands for Jack The Lad Swing – auditioning on The X Factor in 2008
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 10million records following their deal with Epic Records.
In 2009, both their debut single Beat Again and eponymous titled album went to No.1 in the charts.
Success: The four-piece with their two Brit Awards in 2010
Over their nearly four and a half year in the charts, they enjoyed ten Top 10 hits, including five No.1 singles
They also won numerous awards, including two Brit Awards for British Breakthough and British Single in 2010.
With his wife, Saturdays singer Rochelle heavily pregnant with their first child, Marvin is ready to move on to a new phase of his life.
Next phase of life: Marvin is preparing to become a father with wife Rochelle
Earlier this month, he made his debut as a radio DJ for Capital FM.
Aston has just finished filming Got To Dance, while Jonathan 'JB' Gill, 26, has bought a deer farm in Scotland.
Oritsé Williams, 26, who founded the group, has his own management company looking after younger singing stars.