Following the news yesterday evening that Westlife are to split-up, we take a look at their 14 years together.

The group will bow out following a farewell tour next year and said they are looking forward to "new ventures".

Over the course of their career the group has achieved 14 number one hits and sold 44 million albums.

In a statement the group said last night: "Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family."

"We today announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year. 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."

Fresh faced and ready for fame: Westlife (Kian Egan, Brian McFadden, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan) pose for photographers, 11 November 1999, at The Point in Dublin during the MTV Europe Awards.

What would they have done without those stools! Westlife perform at the Brit Awards, 2001

Brian channels Sonic the Hedgehog: Westlife attend 'Unbreakable' Album Launch Party, 2002

Drowning the shamrock - Westlife celebrate St Patrick's Day in London, 2003

The stylist went all out on this one - Westlife Launches Turnaround in Dublin, 2003

Looking for a career change? The boys perform at the Childline Concert At The Point Theatre In Dublin, 2004

With their long-term mentor and manager Louis Walsh at the Meteor Awards, Dublin, 2004

The day hearts were broken - Brian McFadden announces he's leaving Westlife at a press conference in Dublin - March 2004...

...And then there was four

My how they have grown! Westlife play The Point in Dublin, 2007

Books anyone? The lads release their autobiography in 2008

Westlife performed for Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Ireland in May this year.