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Abused pop band Hear'Say split up

Abuse from the public has proved too much for Hear'Say

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LONDON, England -- Hear'Say, the record-breaking band created by hit British TV show Popstars, say they are to split up.

The five-member pop group told The Sun on Tuesday that abuse from the public in recent months was the main reason for their decision.

Members Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw, Danny Foster, Noel Sullivan and Johnny Shentall explained that they could no longer face hostility from the public, such as abuse in the street and jeers when they performed.

The once chart-toppers admitted they had been just a passing trend. "It's a fad thing, a novelty -- it's like a pair of trainers, one minute they're in and the next minute they're out," Shaw told the Sun newspaper.


Foster said they were fed up with the taunts, and added that Klass had been particularly singled out for abuse.

"We were travelling three hours to a roadshow only to get booed. We knew it was time to call it a day."

The announcement spells the end of what had been a turbulent time for the band. In February this year, original member Kym Marsh left and was replaced in a highly publicised search by Shentall, a former backing dancer with the band.

Hear'Say had great success in the beginning, following their creation in February 2001 by an ITV program. Their debut single "Pure and Simple" became the fastest-selling debut single ever and shot to the top of the UK charts.

The demise of Hear'Say certainly does not spell the end of the manufactured TV pop star format, whose popularity with the public and with record companies seems as strong as ever, say observers.

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