Say it ain't so! That's what fans of the Wanted are hoping after the members of the Brit boy band announced today that they'll be going their separate ways following the conclusion of their upcoming Word of Mouth Tour.
In a note posted on their website, the boys announced: "This tour will be their last for a while as Tom, Max, Jay, Siva, and Nathan have collectively decided to take time to pursue personal endeavours following the tour's conclusion.
"The band wants to stress to their fans that they will continue on as the Wanted and look forward to many successful projects together in the future," the note continued. "They thank their fans for their continued love and support and look forward to seeing them on tour."
The quintet of Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker, and Nathan Sykes followed up that message with a heartfelt tweet.
The band dropped the bombshell on the same day as their new video and single, "Glow in the Dark."
Fans took the news of the split pretty hard. One super fan, who uses the handle "Nathan_Sykes_Wife" posted on the band's site, "I'm literally dead, sobbing on my floor."
Another, identified as "kayleekensa," took a more optimistic approach: "Although I'm heartbroken i will always support TW through anything & will never stop being part of TWFanmily!! Your music has helped me through difficult times and watching videos of you has never failed to put a smile on my face even when it seemed impossible. I love you more than you will ever know! Don't get too comfortable being apart, Okay? xxx"
The Wanted formed in 2009 and are managed by Justin Bieber handler Scooter Braun. Frequently portrayed in the British press as rivals of One Direction, the Wanted failed to garner the same level of mainstream appeal.
Although their first single, "Glad You Game," sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. and reached No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100, the band could never duplicate that success. Their self-titled debut album cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 in 2012, but last year's follow-up, "World of Mouth," stalled at No. 17, and the singles "Chasing the Sun" and "We Own the Night" topping out at Nos. 50 and 94, respectively, on the Hot 100.
The band also starred in the E! reality series "The Wanted Life," but the show was a ratings disappointment in its June 2013 debut, losing 80 percent of the audience from its lead-in, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," and averaging just 600,000 total viewers.
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