X Factor boy band say they're going out on a high

Stars including One Direction‘s Louis Tomlinson have paid tribute to JLS after the boy band announced they’re splitting up.

The lads – Marvin Humes, 28, Aston Merrygold, 25, Oritsé Williams, 26, and JB Gill, 26 – shocked their fans by revealing that they’re calling it a day, five years after they shot to fame on The X Factor.

It’s just that time,’ Aston tells The Sun.

We are still best friends and always will be – but this is the end.’

Marvin, who is expecting his first child with wife Rochelle Wiseman, adds: We wanted to finish on a high.

We’re finishing with an arena tour – our third arena tour – and that is a massive achievement.

JLS have sold over 10 million records and had five No 1s since coming second to Alexandra Burke on The X Factor in 2008.

The news will undoubtedly upset many of their fans as well as some celebs – stars including One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson have expressed their sadness over the split.

Sad to hear about JLS . Wish them all the best of luck in what they go on to do.Tweeted Louis, 21.

Mark Wright Tweeted: ‘Not gonna lie, my eyes watered a little bit reading that @JLSOfficial are splitting. Sad article. Congrats to all your success boys #bigfan’

Cheryl Cole says: ‘Proud of the JLS boys and how far they’ve come. Loved them from day 1 and wish them all the very best!!’

Other stars had a more light-hearted take on the news though, with comedian Al Murray Tweeting: Does this mean I can take off my #JLS condom now?‘ 

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Anna Francis