British boy band JLS have stunned fans by announcing plans to split after a final farewell tour and greatest hits album. The four-piece boyband – who found fame on The X Factor back in 2009 after coming second to Alexandra Burke – have decided to go their separate ways after almost five years together. During an exclusive interview with The Sun, Aston Merrygold revealed: ‘It’s just that time. We are still best of friends and always will be – but this is the end.’ Nooooo!!! Why?? *sob sob* Marvin Humes then explained how they wanted to go out on a high. He said, ‘We wanted to finish on a high. We’re finishing with an arena tour – our third arena tour – and that is a massive achievement. ‘The last five or so years have been nothing short of incredible. It has been an incredible journey.’ He continued, ‘We are the first X Factor act to finish a five-year recording contract. If we wanted to carry on and sign to another label, it was going to be another three, four or five albums. So we all thought about it for a few months and it sort of made sense to say we were moving on with our lives.’ Aston was then keen to set the record straight that they were still best of friends.