It's a wrap. Chart-topping and award-winning boy band JLS is officially splitting up. The group broke the news in a surprising interview with The Sun Tuesday, confirming that they will be going separate ways after a final arena tour.
"It’s just that time. We are still best of friends and always will be — but this is the end," Aston told The Sun.
JLS' journey began in 2008, when they auditioned and nearly captured "The X Factor (UK)" title. Placing second in the competition, just behind Alexandra Burke, the group went on to record and release four studio albums, including the multi-Platinum selling debut JLS and its follow up "Outta This World." They also toured, selling out arenas in Europe, before attempting to crack the U.S. market.
The group's single "Everybody In Love" had some traction in the U.S., but failed to reach no.1 like many of their singles did in the UK.
"It’s an emotional time. There’s no getting away from that. We have been through so much together. But 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," Marvin told The Sun. "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."
JLS has sold over 10 million records and had five no.1 singles, more than any other act from a reality talent competition series in the UK.
While it is the end for the group, Oritse did confirm that other ventures are on the horizon.
"It has been amazing. I remember that moment in my bedroom when JLS was just an idea and I was determined to make this dream a reality," said Oritse. "They say all good things come to an end and for us it just felt like it was the right time to move forward and pursue different ventures."