You win, One Direction: The Wanted are giving it a rest.
The five-piece British man band that sort of served as 1D’s rivals made an announcement on their official site today, telling fans that the group has “collectively decided” to disband after their upcoming tour. The notice claims that the guys — Tom, Max, Jay, and some other dudes not named Harry Styles — are only breaking up for the time being, and that “they will continue on as The Wanted and look forward to many successful projects together in the future.”
Maybe don’t hold your breath though? Outside of the 2011 single “Glad You Came” and a few stray dance charts, the Wanted never seemed to catch on internationally, at least compared to the likes of One Direction; their last album, 2013’s Word of Mouth, peaked at No. 17 in America and No. 9 in the UK.
But hey, their announcement leaves at least some hope for fans. Read the full statement below:
The Wanted are pleased to announce the release of their new video and single ‘Glow In The Dark’ taken from their November release ‘Word of Mouth’. They are very excited to perform ‘Glow In The Dark’ along with their smash singles ‘I Found You’, ‘Chasing The Sun’, and ‘Glad You Came’, amongst others for their fans on their upcoming Word of Mouth Tour.
This tour will be their last for a while as Tom, Max, Jay, Siva and Nathan have collectively decided to take time to pursue personal endeavours following the tour’s conclusion. The band wants to stress to their fans that they will continue on as The Wanted and look forward to many successful projects together in the future. They thank their fans for their continued love and support and look forward to seeing them on tour.
The Wanted are scheduled to tour through the spring; the last date listed on their site is May 17 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.