British girl band Girls Aloud have reassured fans they are here to stay, after reports earlier this week (beg13Jul09) hinted the group was set to split.
Singer Sarah Harding revealed she was hanging up her microphone for a year to concentrate on pursuing an acting career, which fuelled persistent rumours the pop band is on the verge of breaking up.
But the five-piece - Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Cole, and Kimberley Walsh - have slammed the claims, and revealed they intend to release a hat-trick of new albums.
A statement on Girls Aloud's website reads, "We've decided to write this note together, because we want to set the record straight about what is happening in our world.
"Over the next 12 months we are going to be involved in a lot of different things - music, TV, fashion and more. Sometimes it may be a solo project - sometimes just a couple of us and sometimes all five of us together.
"We are definitely NOT splitting up. In fact we have all signed a new contract with Fascination/Polydor Records guaranteeing that we will release at least three Girls Aloud albums - minimum.
"We will definitely all be going into the studio next year to record - and there will definitely be a new GA album in 2010."