Good news for fans of boybands (aren’t we all?) – Union J have announced they’re getting back together.
The band was formed on The X Factor way back in 2011, when solo artist George Shelley was partnered with existing group Triple J – that’s Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett and Jaymi Hensley (see what they did there?) – to form the band that placed fourth on the series, behind Christopher Manning, Jahméne Douglas and winner James Arthur.
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Announcing a reunion show to mark their tenth anniversary, the group said, “We’re so excited to be back! We can’t wait to be on the stage together as a four again and to be reunited with our wonderful fans. The London Palladium is such an incredible venue and it feels like the perfect return to live shows for us as a group. After the journey we’ve had, we know it’s going to be a night that we’ll remember forever!”
All four original band members will reunite for the first time since 2016 to perform hits such as Loving You Is Easy and Carry You.
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Back in 2016 original members Josh, JJ and Jaymi confirmed they’d kicked George out of the band because of his reluctance to commit.
Josh told The Sun, “I wrote a really strong email. We basically gave him an ultimatum. It was, ‘You’re either in the band or you’re not’.
“George was in a position where he did the jungle [I’m A Celeb…], he came off it and his head space was different to ours.
“Using a sporting analogy, he wanted to turn up to the big matches but not turn up to training.”
Taking to Instagram to share the news he said, “My journey with Union J has been one to remember, and something I will cherish forever. But after seven years, I feel like now is the right time for me to leave the band.
“I'd like to apologise to my incredible fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right for me and follow my heart. I have decided to leave, because I want to continue to develop my individual opportunities across entertainment and music.
“I have so many beautiful memories with them and have friends for life in the boys and wish JJ and Jaymi the best for the future. Thank you for your continued support, it’s down to you all that I am where I am today and you all mean the world to me.”