Pop band Blue have assured fans their temporary split is not for good, insisting they're pursuing solo projects to "refresh" themselves for a reunion.

The group have prompted reports they're on the verge of quitting by releasing a single titled CURTAIN FALLS and a greatest hits album.

But in a statement the band blast the speculation: "The reason why so many bands do split up is because of the pressure cooker they are in from the record companies, they're here, there and everywhere, they just internally combust.

"So if you don't have a break and go off and do individual stuff, you're going to just split up, but we don't want to do that. We want to go away and come back refreshed, with new experiences under our belts.

"I think a lot of people expect us to split up don't they. Because we're doing a greatest hits. We're not going to give them what they want."

"You're going to think that we're going to be off doing our own stuff, and you're going to think Blue's over. Then we're going to come back, Bam! Back with another album."

In the meantime, Antony Costa is vying for a part in British TV soap Eastenders; Lee Ryan wants to direct feature films, particularly a movie about himself as a kid; Simon Webbe's starring in a movie with Jennifer Love Hewitt; and Duncan James is working on a song from Andrew Lloyd Webber musical WOMAN IN WHITE.

15/10/2004 17:13