LATEST: British pop outfit S CLUB have confirmed they have split - by releasing a statement.

The band - JO O'MEARA, Tina Barrett, Rachel Stevens, Hannah Spearritt, JON LEE and BRADLEY McINTOSH - had made a live announcement on stage at London's Docklands Arena last night (21APR03).

The statement reads, "With any job there comes a time to move on and to face new challenges. We've had a fantastic four years in S Club.

"We've experienced so much more than we ever imagined and we've enjoyed a huge amount of success.

"We can't thank each and every one of our fans enough for their constant support and we hope that they will continue to support and understand us in our decision."

Their junior doppelgangers S CLUB JUNIORS expressed their sadness at the split.

They said, "We'll miss S Club a lot. We are so grateful for everything they've taught us."