Noon lamang nakaraang buwan ay naganap ang Gravity Tour concert ng grupong Westlife dito sa Pilipinas para i-promote ang latest album nila na Gravity. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
Pero nagulat ang lahat kahapon, Oktubre 19, nang maglabas ng official statement ang grupo sa kanilang Facebook site tungkol sa pagdi-disband ng grupo sa susunod na taon.
Ang Westlife ay isang Irish boy band na binubuo nina Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, at Shane Filan. Kasama rin nila noon si Brian McFadden na umalis sa grupo noong 2004.
Matapos nilang magsama-sama sa loob ng 14 na taon, sinabi nila na ang dahilan ng kanilang paghihiwalay ay "to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures."
Nakatakdang ma-disband ang grupo matapos ang release ng kanilang Greatest Hits album sa Nobyembre 21, at ang gagawin nilang Farewell Tour sa susunod na taon.
Malaki naman ang kanilang pasasalamat sa kanilang mga fans na walang sawang sinubaybayan ang kanilang singing career.
WESTLIFE’S STATEMENT. Narito ang kabuuang statement ng banda na nakuha mula sa kanilang Facbook account:
"After 14 years, 26 top ten hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top 5 albums, 7 of which hit the top spot and have collectively sold over 44 million copies around the world, 10 sell out tours and countless memories that we will forever cherish, we today announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year.
"The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures.
"We see the greatest hits collection and the farewell tour as the perfect way to celebrate our incredible career along with our fans. We are really looking forward to getting out on the tour and seeing our fans one last time.
"Over the years, Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band.
"Westlife are a family.
"We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too.
"We never imagined when we started out in 1998 that 14 years later we would still be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream come true for all of us.
"Kian, Mark, Nicky and Shane"