It has emerged today that the band are to split after months of speculation. They released a
statement this afternoon.
Their Final Say
It reads: "We've matured and developed massively as a band over the last three and a half years and have also grown as individuals. As the band has got bigger on a global scale the commitment levels have had to increase and that at times has been hard on us all.
"We felt that we had reached a point where we could no longer do justice to our fans or to each other and when that happens, it really is time to call it a day."
J - "It came to a natural end. There isn't a single problem between us. Right at the start we said that if we ever got massive we should end it while we were on top."Honestly, I know it's the right thing to happen. I can definitely say I won't be seen or heard of again. I've had a wonderful experience of the industry and it's over. I've seen the world, shagged loads of beautiful women, met brilliant people and it has made me a different person."Some people like being in the spotlight but to me it's a bit self-gratifying and shallow. I've done things in the last five years that people couldn't do in five lifetimes. I just want to do something else."I admit I have cried over this because of the memories of the other guys. But I'm relieved in a way because I can do things I want to do now."
Sadly Five departed 27th September 2001
Abs - "We're all happy and we knew this was something that had to be done. I just feel sorry for the fans but it had to happen. We have to say goodbye and deal with it and live our lives.
We are all really positive about it's the end of a chapter and we can't mope around.
Keep your eyes peeled because I'm not going to disappear. I'm just trying to deal with the fact that it's over but there's a lot more to come.
This is it's done and dusted and we're not going to reform or have any sort of reunion.
We're being very mature about it there has genuinely been no squabbling and we know we'll all see each other."
Scott - "It feels like one of the most pleasant break-ups of all time. We just think it's the cool thing to do.
We could have carried on for years and been sick of each other but we're going out on a high.
Five are friends. I know I'll see them all for ever.
I've got a beautiful son and I'm getting married soon so I want to concentrate on being a good father and husband.
It'll be nice not having to bother with the way I dress.
But people have not seen the last of me.
I'll do writing. I'd like to write songs for others and see them performed on Top of the Pops."
Ritchie - "It's really ****ing sad. Obviously it's a major chapter in our lives that's over. What's really important - and it's the truth - is that there'll be no bitching or slagging each other off.
We've actually split as the best of mates. It's all very grown up but it's the end of an era. We were effectively down to three members ans we were getting signs that we should call it a day. I look forward to the time when I'm 60 and I'm standing in a pub and I can say, 'I was in a pop band and I had three No 1s'.
The straw that broke the camel's back really was when Sean got ill - then Scott's baby was premature and I hurt my leg. It was as if whatever force there is was telling us that it wastime. Everything was stacking up against us.
We're leaving with our dignity. We didn't want to see our singles gradually slipping down the charts. It felt like we were boxers who kept being knocked down and having to get back up.
People think we hate each other but we don't. I know it sounds corny but we love each other like brothers. We've travelled the world together - our manager Bob Herbert died, we've been through depression and great times too.
I'm going to take a break to reassess and go from there. Maybe think about acting or I may do something in the music business."
Sean - "We could stay about and wait until we drop out of the charts but we don't want to be thought of as a band that had it and lost it.
I'm going to go into writing for other people.
I will be heavily involved in music but I want to be a respected musician rather than a star. That's what I'm good at.
Plenty of bands have stayed around too long and their memory is cheapened because of that.
I'm not bothered about being famous and I don't think I'll regret it.
We never played by the rules and we changed the face of boybands - we had a bit more attitude.
What a great thing we achieved. I'm proud. It's not really an end - it's a positive beginning for all of us."
27th September 2006
Five have announced they will be giving it all another go in the music biz. Abz, Ritchie, Scott and J have reformed Five and are back to create more of their unique music for their fans (and hopefully new ones). Sean however has decided he would rather continue with trying to break into the music biz as a solo artist. He's been working at a solo carreer since Five first broke up in 2001. During Five's first press conference in 5 years the guys said they are reforming to make more music and NOT doing it for the money. They have decided to finance their comeback themselves and are not going for the quick buck (unlike Take That). Their plan is to record a new album, release a few singles and then WOW us with a concert. Well all us fans can say is - BRING IT ON!
19th May 2007
It is with deep regret that Five today announce that their comeback is no more. The band have decided to call it a day, seven months after reforming. They would like to apologise to all their fans throughout the world for any disappointment caused.
Despite considerable broadcast interest in a reunion television series being secured, an album being half-way completed and a world tour in the final stages of confirmation, Ritchie, J, Abz and Scott feel they cannot continue together.
A huge amount of hard work and effort went into the bands reformation, but with the state of the music business as it is and with decent record deals being so difficult to procure, the band were really left with no other option than to split.
It is hoped that the new tracks the band have recorded will be available for digital download in the very near future. - Official Announcement!
Pryor to the official announcement that went out to fans on the 19th May 2007 Scott and Abz had already started their solo carreers. Scott had already recorded tracks for his solo album.