New Order bassist Peter Hook has spoken of wishing to "move on" after confirming the band's split.
In an interview with Clint Boon on the radio station Xfm last week, Hook said that he and singer Bernard Sumner were no longer working together.
And writing on his MySpace blog yesterday, the bass player admitted his relief that the story has finally come out, while acknowledging that he was the inadvertent cause.
"I suppose it was the interview with Clint Boon that started it all off," Hook wrote.
"He'd asked me for a few words on [his new project with Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell] Satellite Party's single Dogstar so I went on and lo and behold mentioned the New Order split.
"I suppose because it was me saying it, it was out at last. I'm relieved [as I] really hated carrying on as normal with an awful secret so let's move on shall we?"
The legendary musician had previously discussed the new project before letting slip that Perry had "heard about New Order splitting up and he asked me to play bass".
New Order formed in the wake of Joy Division's collapse after frontman Ian Curtis killed himself in 1980.
Songs like Blue Monday, Confusion and Procession were top 20 hits in the UK and the band attracted a loyal fan base as well as critical appreciation from The Music press.
The band's last album, Waiting for the Sirens Call, was released in 2005