Blue heart-throb Simon Webbe has lashed out at reports the group is close to breaking up after claims of an alleged rift with bandmate Duncan James.

The 24-year-old singer is taking a brief holiday from the GUILTY foursome to manage his pop proteges VS, a talent agency INDUSTRY PEOPLE, production company LOVE 4 MUSIC and a property development firm.

Webbe explains, "Blue are still very strong. It's just that we're supposed to be on our holidays at the moment.

"The boys are 100 per cent behind what I'm doing with Vs - it's all for one and one for all.

"We're still really tight (close), even though we've got our own stuff going on."

20/02/2004 09:12