Westlife Call It Quits

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October 19, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

Irish boy band Westlife are to split after completing their Greatest Hits Tour next year.
The Flying Without Wings hitmakers made the announcement on Wednesday, just a day after singer Kian Egan dismissed rumours the quartet was preparing to reunite with former member Brian McFadden.

But it appears the pop stars had other plans altogether – Egan will part ways with his bandmates Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne and Mark Feehily in 2012 after bidding farewell to fans with their previously-revealed tour dates, which kick off in May.

An official statement reads: “We today announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year.

“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.”

To date, Westlife have sold over 44 million records worldwide.

McFadden quit the group in 2004.