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JLS Split

X Factor’s JLS Split

British boy band, JLS, shocked their fans recently when they announced that they were splitting up. The group have been together for six years and came to attention during the 2008 British X Factor in which they came second.  The news came as a shock to everyone including those in the music industry as the boys are still very much in demand and at the peak of their career.

During an emotional appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, the boys explained the reason surrounding their sudden decision to go their separate ways. Founding member Oritsé Williams even broke down in tears during the interview and had to be comforted by bandmate Marvin Humes. As Oritsé regained his composure, JB explained “It’s Oritsé’s baby effectively, you know. He brought us together.” Marvin then added that it was an emotional decision for them all saying, “We’re best friends, we’re brothers, the bond between us is indescribable. We’ve been through so much since we first came together…and of course for it to all end was a massively emotional decision, and it wasn’t one that was taken lightly.”

The band explained that they didn’t want to out stay their welcome in the music industry and wanted to go out with a bang. JLS have scheduled a final tour at the end of the year to see them off. Despite coming second in the X Factor 2009, JLS have gone on to sell over ten million records, numerous top ten hits including five number ones. They also have a handful of awards to their name including two Brit Awards for British Breakthrough and British Single. The band has also put their name to a wide range of merchandise in addition to their flourishing music career. Dolls, perfume and their own condom range to name but a few.

Nicola O’Flynn

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