JLS to say one final goodbye to Ulster fans before splitting
Northern Ireland fans of boyband JLS have been left distraught after the chart-toppers revealed they are to split.
After five number one hits and two Brit Awards, Aston Merrygold, who has family in Dunmurry, and his bandmates announced that they are calling it a day.
Aston said that he and the other group members -- Marvin Humes, JB Gill and Oritse Williams -- "are still the best of friends and always will be, but this is the end".
The quartet, whose hits include Everybody In Love and The Club Is Alive, are said to have agonised over the decision for months.
But when Merrygold took on a judging role on Sky's Got To Dance series, showbiz sources said it marked the beginning of the end for JLS.
In a group statement they said: "Goodbye: The Greatest Hits Tour will be the last time that we will perform together as a four and we want to make sure that this tour is the best ever and that we end on a high.
"We will always remain brothers and friends and we will always be your boys."
JLS -- which stands for Jack The Lad Swing -- have a massive following in the UK and Ireland and have sold out numerous Belfast shows since finding fame on the 2008 series of The X Factor.
They will play the Odyssey for the final time on December 1.
Aston's mum Siobhan is originally from Dunmurry and he is hugely popular with fans here.
Last night fans from Northern Ireland poured their hearts out on Twitter.
"Been crying all day, how you feeling? We're coming to see you at the airport in Belfast!" wrote one fan.
"Thank you and the boys for wonderful memories you have given me, can't wait till your farewell concert in Belfast! I love you," wrote Natalie Reid.
"Will never forget the day I met you in Belfast Aston Merrygold," added Joanne Mooney.
Last year, when JLS played the Odyssey, Aston said Belfast was a "home from home" and joked that he was planning to buy a house here.
"I'll buy a house in the city centre so I can be close to the action," he said.
"We love it here. Our fans are amazing. Crazy -- but amazing."
- One Direction's Louis Tomlinson said: "Sad to hear about JLS. Wish them all the best of luck in what they go on to do."
- TV presenter Mark Wright said: "Not gonna lie, my eyes watered a little bit reading that JLS are splitting."
- Blur's Graham Coxon said: "JLS no more? Wonderful news, I shall writhe today in ecstatic glee. 1D and Bieber to go, but they seem to be doing a good job themselves."