In a statement posted on their website, they said: "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."

It continued: "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."


Westlife(官方译名西城男孩;又译西域男孩)是在1998年成立的爱尔兰男子歌唱团体。 Westlife在爱尔兰和英国走红,在非洲、澳大利亚与亚洲也很受欢迎。1999年至2005年间,Westlife有13张单曲唱片在英国高据首位;其数量排名历史第四位,仅次于Elvis Presley、披头士和Cliff Richard。西城男孩也是英国流行音乐史上唯一一支头七支单曲空降榜首的乐队。他们也是唯一一个在英国拿过四次“年度最佳专辑”的组合。西城男孩在世界范围内售出四千万张专辑,其中包括七张超白金专辑。