19 Oct '11, 11pm

Westlife announce split after 14 years, dozens of No 1 hits, and millions of teenaged screams

LONDON - Chart-topping act Westlife are to split ''amicably'' after 14 years and dozens of top ten hits, the band announced last night. The Irish group will bow out following a farewell tour next year and said they are looking forward to ''new ventures''. Over the course of their career the group has achieved 14 No 1 hits. In a statement the group said tonight: ''Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family.'' The group - for many years managed by Louis Walsh - survived the departure of one of its founding members Bryan McFadden, and continued seamlessly as a four-piece outfit. Singer Mark Feehily also won admiration for announcing he was gay when the boy band were at the peak of their success. They produced hit after hit, with singles such as Swear It Again and Flying Without Wings among their number ones. Many of their big...

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