JLS to split

British boy band JLS is calling it quits five years after finding fame on X Factor, it has been reported.

The R&B group - made up of Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, JB Gill and Oritse Williams - lost out to Alexandra Burke in the 2008 final of the reality programme.

But they managed to build up one of the most dedicated fan bases during their stint on the show.

The London band told The Sun they decided to finish "on a high" so would be doing a farewell tour.

"It's just that time. We are still best of friends and always will be - but this is the end," Merrygold said.

And Humes told the paper: "The last five or so years have been nothing short of incredible. It has been an incredible journey.

"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."

Shortly after the X Factor finale, their debut release, Beat Again, rocketed straight to the top of the UK singles charts.

They went on to achieve four number one singles and also picked up a swag of prizes, including Brits and Mobo Awards.

One Direction member Louis Tomlinson said on Twitter that he was sorry to hear about the end of his fellow boy band.

"Sad to hear about JLS. Wish them all the best of luck in what they go on to do," he said.

Singer Marcus Collins said: "Can't believe it! I'm devastated."

And fan @JoeyCottle said: "JLS split??! They are lovely lads, what a shame."