Sadly the most surprising thing about JLS splitting up is not that one of The X Factor's most successful alumni are going their separate ways after five years, but that one member - JB Gill, who grew up in Croydon - has bought a deer farm in Scotland as his next career move. Here's why...

When JB, Aston Merrygold, Oritsé Williams, and Marvin Humes first stood in front of the 'The X Factor' judges in 2008, dressed in matching candy-coloured T-shirts and quoting Take That, Boys II Men and Jodeci as their inspiration, they won the judges and millions of teenage girls' hearts in an instant with their a capella harmonies.

Finally, the UK had found themselves a smooth boyband with muscle to rival the floppy blonde-haired lads currently on the market.

Just as everyone had a favourite Spice Girl, everyone had a favourite member of JLS - whether it was backflipping mini-member Aston, Oritse with his MJ moves, Marvin with his model good looks, or (my personal favourite) the cute smiley JB.

The 'X Factor' runners-up signed to Epic records after Simon Cowell turned them down, and in 2009 their first single 'Beat Again' went straight to number one. They went on to scoop five more of those gongs, as well as flogging over 10 million records, 1.5 million gig tickets and becoming the first 'X Factor' act to win a Brit Award.

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It wasn't until recently that their star began to wane...

When the concert line-ups for this year's summer music events began to roll in, I realised I was no longer excited to see JLS's name on the bills. It wasn't just me: thousands of their fans had also grown up and changed their musical tastes.

Will Their Fans Need Counselling Like Take That's, Or Just Scratch Heads Like Spice Girls'?

The boys aren't stupid, Marvin told The Sun as they announced their split: “We never wanted to overstay our welcome. We never wanted to be that band where people said, ‘Oh, bloody hell. It’s JLS again’."

I first interviewed JLS in 2010 for the release of their soppy single 'Love You More', the official single for Children in Need in 2010 and the group's fourth UK number one.

They were full of flirty banter and energy, complimenting me on my perfume. But the next time we meet, at the end of 2012, I spoke to a very different band.

They'd matured, their priorities had changed. Here we were, talking about their aim to raise £2 million for Cancer Research over two years in partnership with their JLS Foundation - a mission they are still determined to continue despite splitting.

Boybands become huge because of their catchy throwaway hits and their good looks. Once they grow up and want to start being taken seriously, their screaming fans have usually grown up, too - and realised that there's a whole world of music out there beyond the top 10. And for those that haven't, there's always a new group waiting in the wings to fill the void.

JLS have every right to be proud of their achievements and we should be thankful that they're smart enough to bow out now. But for one last time: "Everybody in love..."

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  • Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams, Jonathan 'JB' Gill and Aston Merrygold

    From left, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams, Jonathan 'JB' Gill and Aston Merrygold of British band JLS seen arriving at the BRIT Awards 2013 at the o2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

  • Iron Man 3 - Special Screening - Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Oritsé Williams of JLS attends a special screening of 'Iron Man 3' at Odeon Leicester Square on April 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

  • Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan " JB" Gill, Oritsé Williams

    Jonathan " JB" Gill, from left to right, Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams and Marvin Humes of British boyband JLS, launch their Fragrance 'Love' at central London club, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

  • JLS Launch Their New Female Fragrance 'LOVE'

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Aston Merrygold of JLS attends a photocall to launch the new JLS female fragrance 'LOVE' at One Mayfair on January 31, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

  • JLS Launch Their New Female Fragrance 'LOVE'

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Marvin Humes of JLS attends a photocall to launch the new JLS female fragrance 'LOVE' at One Mayfair on January 31, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

  • JLS Launch Their New Female Fragrance 'LOVE'

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: JB Gill of JLS attends a photocall to launch the new JLS female fragrance 'LOVE' at One Mayfair on January 31, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

  • JLS Launch Their New Female Fragrance 'LOVE'

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Oritse Williams of JLS attends a photocall to launch the new JLS female fragrance 'LOVE' at One Mayfair on January 31, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball - Day 1

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Marvin Humes, J.B Gill, Aston Merrygold and Oritse Williams of JLS attend the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball at 02 Arena on December 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images)

  • J.B. Gill , Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams

    From left, British band JLS J.B. Gill , Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes and Oritse Williams pose with their award for 'Best Video' in the press room at the 2012 MOBO Awards at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

  • MOBO Awards - Exclusive Show

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Aston Merrygold, Jonathan 'JB' Gill , Oritse William and Marvin Humes of JLS accept the award for Best Video at the 2012 MOBO awards at Echo Arena on November 3, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

  • MOBO Awards - JLS Photocall

    LIVERPOOL , ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: (L-R) Aston Merrygold, Oritse William, Jonathan 'JB' Gill and Marvin Humes of JLS arrive at Liverpool John Lennon Airport prior to the 2012 MOBO awards on November 3, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

  • Skyfall - Royal World Premiere - Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Music group JLS (L-R) Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold, J.B. Gill and Oritse Williams attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

  • Marvin Humes And Rochelle Wiseman - Wedding

    WOODSTOCK, ENGLAND - JULY 27: JLS member Oritse Williams is seen outside his hotel before the wedding of Rochelle Wiseman and Marvin Humes at Blenheim Palace on July 27, 2012 in Woodstock, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • Marvin Humes And Rochelle Wiseman - Wedding

    WOODSTOCK, ENGLAND - JULY 27: JLS member Aston Merrygold is seen outside his hotel before the wedding of Rochelle Wiseman and Marvin Humes at Blenheim Palace on July 27, 2012 in Woodstock, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • Marvin Humes And Rochelle Wiseman - Wedding

    WOODSTOCK, ENGLAND - JULY 27: JLS member Marvin Humes is seen outside his hotel before the wedding of Rochelle Wiseman and Marvin Humes at Blenheim Palace on July 27, 2012 in Woodstock, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain - Race

    NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: JB Gill from JLS is seen in the paddock before the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • Diamond Jubilee - Buckingham Palace Concert

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: JLS perform on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend’s celebrations. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Diamond Jubilee - Buckingham Palace Concert

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Queen Elizabeth II meets JLS band members backstage after the Diamond Jubilee, Buckingham Palace Concert June 04, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. (Photo by Dave Thompson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • Sport Relief London Mile - 2012

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: JB Gill, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold from JLS run the Sport Relief London mile at Horse Guards Road on March 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • JLS and Links of London Photocall

    LONDON - MARCH 8: In this handout image provided by Links of London (L-R) Jonathan 'JB' Gill, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of the band JLS pose for pictures wearing their Links of London Team GB Bands on March 8, 2012 in London, England. The Links of London Team GB band is on sale from www.linksoflondon.com (Photo by Links of London via Getty Images)

  • JLS and Links of London Photocall

    LONDON - MARCH 8: In this handout image provided by Links of London (L-R) Jonathan 'JB' Gill, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of the band JLS pose for pictures wearing their Links of London Team GB Bands on March 8, 2012 in London, England. The Links of London Team GB band is on sale from www.linksoflondon.com (Photo by Links of London via Getty Images)

  • The BRIT Awards 2012 - Sony Aftershow

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: Aston Merrygold of JLS attends the Sony aftershow for the 2012 BRIT awards at The Arts Club on February 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/Getty Images)

  • (L-R) Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams,

    (L-R) Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and JB Gill of band JLS pose on the red carpet arriving at the BRIT Awards 2012 in London on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The BRIT Awards 2012 - Sony Aftershow

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: Jonathan Benjamin of JLS attends the Sony aftershow for the 2012 BRIT awards at The Arts Club on February 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/Getty Images)

  • The BRIT Awards 2012 - Sony Aftershow

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and Jonathan Benjamin of JLS attend the Sony aftershow for the 2012 BRIT awards at The Arts Club on February 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/Getty Images)

  • The BRIT Awards 2012 - Nominations Announcement

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: JB Gill, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of JLS attend the nominations announcement for The BRIT Awards 2012 at The Savoy Hotel on January 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball - Day 2

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Aston Merrygold of JLS attends day two of Jingle Bell Ball at O2 Arena on December 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball - Day 2

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Oritse Williams of JLS attends day two of Jingle Bell Ball at O2 Arena on December 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball - Day 2

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and Jonathon Benjamin Gill of JLS attends day two of Jingle Bell Ball at O2 Arena on December 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Michael Forever Tribute Concert

    CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 08: Oritse Williams of JLS performs at the 'Michael Forever Tribute Concert' at Millennium Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Tim Alban/Getty Images)

  • Michael Forever Tribute Concert

    CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 08: Aston Merrygold of JLS performs at the 'Michael Forever Tribute Concert' at Millennium Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Tim Alban/Getty Images)

  • Michael Forever Tribute Concert

    CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 08: JB Gill of JLS performs at the 'Michael Forever Tribute Concert' at Millennium Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Tim Alban/Getty Images)

  • Michael Forever Tribute Concert

    CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 08: Marvin Humes of JLS performs at the 'Michael Forever Tribute Concert' at Millennium Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Tim Alban/Getty Images)

  • MOBO Awards 2011 - Outside Arrivals

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 05: JB Gill, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold from the boy band JLS attend the MOBO Awards 2011 at the SECC on October 5, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Sandy Young/Getty Images)

  • British R&B/pop artist JLS member, Marvi

    British R&B/pop artist JLS member, Marvin Humes poses with fans as he arrives at the 2011 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards held in Glasgow, Scotland on October 5, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Andy Buchanan (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Pride of Britain Award 2011

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: JB Gill, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold from the boy band JLS attend the Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Virgin Active London Triathlon

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Oritse Williams of JLS poses for a photograph prior to the start of the Virgin Active London Triathlon on July 30, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Wieland/Getty Images)

  • Pride of Britain Award 2011

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Aston Merrygold from the boy band JLS attend the Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Virgin Active London Triathlon

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Oritse Williams of JLS poses prior to the start of the Virgin Active London Triathlon on July 30, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Wieland/Getty Images)

  • The Grand Opening of Europe's first M&M'S World Store in London, Leicester Square.

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Alexandra Burke and Marvin Humes of JLS attend the grand opening of Europe's first M&M'S World store offering a huge range of exclusive M&M'S chocolates and merchandise at Leicester Square on July 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for M&M's)

  • Pride of Britain Award 2011

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: JB Gill, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold from the boy band JLS attend the Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • The Grand Opening of Europe's first M&M'S World Store in London, Leicester Square.

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Marvin Humes and Oritse Williams of JLS attend the grand opening of Europe's first M&M'S World store offering a huge range of exclusive M&M'S chocolates and merchandise at Leicester Square on July 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for M&M's)

  • Capital Radio's Summertime Ball

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: (L-R) JB, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of JLS attend the media room for the Capital Radio Summertime Ball 2011 at Wembley Stadium on June 12, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • The Grand Opening of Europe's first M&M'S World Store in London, Leicester Square.

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: JLS members, Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and JB Gill perform during the grand opening of Europe's first M&M'S World store offering a huge range of exclusive M&M'S chocolates and merchandise at Leicester Square on July 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for M&M's)

  • Capital Radio's Summertime Ball

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: (L-R) JB, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of JLS attend the media room for the Capital Radio Summertime Ball 2011 at Wembley Stadium on June 12, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • JLS Eyes Wide Open - Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 26: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R JB, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of JLS attend the premiere of JLS Eyes Wide Open at The Soho Hotel on May 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Fergus McDonald/Getty Images)

  • Water For Elephants UK Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Singers Marvin Hume from JLS and Rochelle Wiseman from The Saturdays attends the 'Water for Elephants' UK film premiere at the Vue Westfield on May 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball 2010 Day Two - Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Hulmes, and Jonathan JB Gill of JLS attend the Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena on December 5, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball 2010 Day Two - Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Hulmes, and Jonathan JB Gill of JLS attend the Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena on December 5, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • T4's Stars Of 2010 - Concert

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Hulmes and Jonathan 'JB' Gill of JLS perform during the T4's Stars of 2010 Concert on November 21, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards - Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: L-R Jonathan JB Gill, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of JLS attend BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards 2010 held at Hammersmith Apollo, on November 14, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)