Jls Announce They Are Splitting Up
After five years, British boyband JLS have announced they are splitting up. The foursome, Aston, Marvin, Oritse and JB have been a success since coming second to Alexandra Burke in 2008’s X Factor. Despite selling over 10 million records, gaining five no.1 records and coming up on The Times Young Rich List this year, the band have decided to split whilst their career is still on a high…
Marvin, who is having a child with Rochelle from The Saturdays, told The Sun: "We have to be mature and look at this decision as a celebration of what we managed to achieve. We never wanted to overstay our welcome. We never wanted to be that band where people said, ‘Oh, bloody hell. It’s JLS again.’
“We wanted to finish on a high. We’re finishing with an arena tour — our third arena tour — and that is a massive achievement.”
He added: "I’ve got a baby on the way in four weeks, so it’s another celebration for me. But that was also another sign that we were moving on to the next stage in our lives.
Aston chimed: "The question was asked, ‘Can you do this together for another five or so years? Can you see that happening?’
“Between the four of us, there was no definite ‘Yes’ in the room. We had to dig deep and find the right solution. We haven’t fallen out. We leave with some amazing successes under our belt and we can say goodbye in style.”
JLS founder Oritsé said that four of them are definitely still friends, but admitted the fans might not feel so friendly towards them given the news. “It could be mayhem. There have been a lot of fans who have grown up with us and we’re going to represent a key time in their lives.
“We’ve been a big part of their lives — they’ve been a part of ours. So naturally it’s going to be an emotional time for everyone.”
The band will do a goodbye tour and release a greatest hits album at the end of the year. JB added that the only time they’ll work together as a group again is for the JLS Foundation, saying: "We’re already in a partnership with Cancer Research UK — we’re committed to them for two years and we want to raise £2million.”
JLS’ official statement over the news can be read on their official website.