British boyband 5Ive has been reduced to a three-piece after rapper Abz Love dropped out of an upcoming tour due to "personal reasons".

The When The Lights Go Out hitmakers reformed in 2012 without original member J Brown, who decided not to join the reunion, and 5ive have now lost another member ahead of their upcoming shows.

Love will remain a part of the group, but he will not be joining them on The Big Reunion Boyband Tour. Instead, Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville and Scott Robinson have decided to continue with the gigs as a trio.

A series of posts on the band's page read, "Unfortunately Abz is unable to make The Big Reunion Tour. But don't worry he's not leaving the band!... Abz is still confirmed for all other Five shows coming up!... We had to make a decision whether to go forward for the tour as a Three we didn't want to let the fans down..."

Love adds to Britain's Daily Star Sunday newspaper that he exited the tour for "personal reasons", but adds, "I've definitely not left (the group). All is gravy (good) with me and the boys. We are still together. 5ive aren't splitting up."