22 APRIL 2003

Pop supergroup S Club have disappointed their fans by revealing they are to split up at the end of May. The teen-pop sensations left thousands of their followers sobbing after they announced the news at a concert in London. "We have got something we want to say, and we wanted to let you know before anyone else," they said from the stage of the Docklands Arena. "We are splitting up."

The band's legions of adolescent fans will be saddened by the news, but the members say the time has come for a change. "With any job there comes a time to move on and face new challenges," they said. "We've had a fantastic four years. We've experienced so much more than we ever imagined and we've enjoyed a huge amount of success." Indeed they have – nine top ten hits and their own TV series made them one of the biggest pop acts of recent years.

The group first exploded onto the scene back in 1999 with the track Bring It All Back, the first of four number one hits.

At that time the band was known as S Club 7, but the name was changed when Paul Cattermole's departure last June made them a six-piece. Their announcement puts an end to months of speculation that they were on the verge of breaking up.

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With 14 million records sold, the band has enjoyed phenomenal success, but now they say the time has come for a change
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Paul Cattermole receives a supportive hug from Rachel Stevens, Bradley McIntosh, Hannah Spearritt, Tina Barrett, Jo O'Meara and Jon Lee after his decision to quit the band last year
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