Westlife no longer 'flying without wings' as they split

Thursday October 20, 2011

Irish pop phenomenons Westlife have announced they are going to split. 

Fans will still have a chance to see them in action however, as they will continue with their upcoming tour next summer.

This Christmas the boy band release a greatest hits album to celebrate 14 years in the music industry.

"After 14 years, 26 top ten hits including 14 number one singles, and countless memories that we will forever cherish we announce our plan to go our separate ways – after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year," said the group in a statement.

The four-piece have assured fans that their decision to end their time together as a group has been made amicably.

They all remain friends, but just feel it is time to take a "well-earned break".

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