It’s a sad day for all fans of JLS, as The X Factor finalists of 2008 have declared their retirement from the music industry after five years.
The R&B group – made up of Aston Merrygold, 25, Marvin Humes, 28, Jonathan ‘JB’ Gill, 26, and Oritse Williams, also 26 – shot to fame in 2008 after finishing second to Alexandra Burke on the TV music reality show.
The four-piece boyband wrote on their website the following message:
“To each and every JLSter, our beloved fans around the world. 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.
“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. 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! We will always remain brothers and friends and we will always be your boys. We will continue to work on the JLS Foundation after our split, as we want to raise as much money and awareness as possible for great causes and our partner Cancer Research UK.
“We also want to continue the legacy that we started 3 years ago with the Foundation and we hope that you always continue to support that. As always we will continue to support each other and we hope you will enjoy watching us grow individually in our new chapters going forward. We want to look at this final year as a celebration of all that we have achieved together.
“We hope you can look back and remember all the great moments that you have been responsible for. All that’s left to say is the biggest THANK YOU for following us from day 1 and every day since then. You are truly the best fans in the world and we will always love you. OJAM x”
The boy band shot to fame after finishing second on The X Factor back in 2008. During their short time together, the band won two Brit awards and had five number one hits, not to mention selling 10 million records and winning five MOBO awards.
Merrygold, a judge on Sky 1 talent show series Got To Dance, told The Sun it was the right time for the band to go their separate ways, saying: “We are still the best of friends and always will be – but this is the end.”
Humes added: “It’s an emotional time. There’s no getting away from that. We have been through so much together.”
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