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Westlife to split up after 14 years

Irish boyband Westlife have announced that they will split up following their upcoming World Tour.

Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, and Shane Filan released a statement this evening to announce that they were breaking up after 14 years together.

'After 14 years, 26 top ten hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top 5 albums, 7 of which hit the top spot and have collectively sold over 44 million copies around the world,10 sell out tours and countless memories that we will forever cherish, we today announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year,' the modest statement read.

'The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures.'

The Irish quartet added that they will release a greatest hits collection this Christmas as a final farewell to their numerous fans.

'We see the greatest hits collection and the farewell tour as the perfect way to celebrate our incredible career along with our fans. We are really looking forward to getting out on the tour and seeing our fans one last time.'

'Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family. We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too,' the band continued.

'We never imagined when we started out in 1998 that 14 years later we would still be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream come true for all of us.'

The band found fame back in 1998 releasing ten studio albums and racking up 14 number one singles along the way.

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