The chart-topping boyband, JLS, have announced they will go their seperate ways later this year after they release their greatest hits album and complete their farewell tour.

Aston Merrygold, 25, Marvin Humes, 28, Jonathan "JB" Gill and Oritsé Williams, both 26, who make up the four-piece, have revealed they've spent the last number of months agonising over the future of JLS.

They eventually decided that the time was right for them to end their time together as a band, but not before they release a greatest hits album and go on a farewell arena tour.

Aston told The Sun: "It's just that time. We are still best of friends and always will be - but this is the end."

Marvin added: "We wanted to finish on a high. We’re finishing with an arena tour - our third arena tour - and that is a massive achievement.

"The last five or so years have been nothing short of incredible. It has been an incredible journey."

JLS found fame on The X Factor, coming second to Alexandra Burke, in 2008. However Simon Cowell missed the boat with the hitmakers when he failed to sign them to his SYCO label.

The Epic record label soon snapped them up and JLS went on to become one of the most successful acts to have ever comepted on The X Factor. In the past five years the foursome notched up numerous top ten hits including five number one singles.

Marvin said: "We are the first X Factor act to finish a five-year recording contract. If we wanted to carry on and sign to another label, it was going to be another three, four or five albums. So we all thought about it for a few months and it sort of made sense to say we were moving on with our lives."

Aston added: "We haven’t fallen out. We leave with some amazing successes under our belt and we can say goodbye in style."

The boys have already got plans in place for when their last day as JLS arrives.

Marvin is set to become a father for the first time with wife, Saturdays singer, Rochelle Humes, and he also recently became a radio presenter, while Aston joined the judging panel of Sky 1 dancing competition Got to Dance earlier this year.

Oritse has formed his own music management company and JB has recently purchased a deer farm in Scotland.

Read the full statement from JLS about their split here.