The Wanted: Why they broke up and why they are getting back together after seven years

Everyone has that one boy band they were obsessed with as a teenager – and for some people that is The Wanted.

The lads were slightly edgier than the likes of One Direction, with their combat boots and had us singing along to popular songs including “I’m Glad You Came”.

And awkwardly Zayn Malik called Max George ‘chlamydia boy’ after a day of exchanging savage tweets with members of The Wanted – ouch.

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After being together for seven years the band broke up and all of our hearts were crushed. It felt like an “All Time Low”.

Their break up also stirred up a lot of speculation. In a telling 2014 interview, Max, 31, revealed the real reason behind their break was due to growing tensions after he and Nathan, 27, pushed for a hiatus.

But Tom, 31, Siva, also 31, and Jay, 29 disagreed fiercely. He told the Sun on Sunday: “There has been a lot of tension. Our personal lives drove us apart.”



The Wanted were super popular in their prime

A few of the boys have still been in the public eye, with Jay winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2015.

During their four years in the spotlight, the group scored two number one singles and a string of Top Ten singles and albums.

Their biggest hit, 2011’s “Glad You Came”, also achieved the rarest of feats for British pop acts – it went big in America too.

After the band split in 2014, only Nathan scored solo success with music. He had two UK top 20 singles, including Over and Over Again, a duet with Ariana Grande.


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Max had a minor role in Glee after the boys parted, and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2020. He was initially signed as solo music artist by Scooter Braun, who also manages Justin Bieber.

Whereas others like Siva have slowly disappeared off the map.

A terrible setback came when Tom Parker was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour last year.



The Wanted star Tom Parker announced in 2020 the devastating news he has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer

And now the band are coming back together after a seven year break.

But in 2021, the question is now: How do you come back from almost a decade out of the spotlight?

When are they coming back?

The chart-topping boy band have announced their return, a greatest hits album, a new single and a live charity gig.

The five-piece group – Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes – made the announcement on Wednesday.

Discussions about a reunion first took place in 2020, but as with a lot of things, the pandemic forced the group to put the brakes on the idea at first.

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But after starting treatment, and “responding well”, Tom began working with the charity Stand Up To Cancer on a Channel 4 documentary and a live show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The Wanted will perform at the legendary venue later on September 20. Also performing at the concert for charity will be Liam Payne, Becky Hill, McFly, KSI and Sigrid.

In a press conference announcing their reunion, Tom said: “It feels amazing. It’s quite nice to be able to do something again that’s not related to treatment.

“It’s been a very sad eight months, so it’s been nice to smile again, for me.”

Jay added: “We have been talking off and on for a few years now about getting back together… but have all been working on other projects at different times so it didn’t happen. This is all about having fun with our mates, no pressure, just fun.”

What’s more The Wanted will release a greatest hits collection will be released on 12 November.

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