Girls Aloud Split After Over A Decade Together – the girls last night announced that their Liverpool concert was their last together as a group.
The concert at Liverpool’s Echo Arena marked the final night of their Ten – The Hits Tour 2013 and fans were not told before the concert that it would be the girls final time on stage together as Girls Aloud. Cheryl Cole had sparked some concern over the group’s future with her Tweet earlier on in the day saying: “To the people that haven’t been able to make it, for what ever reason, we feel your support regardless and have done for 10 yrs..”
Shortly after the girls all left the stage at the Echo Arena last night a tweet was sent from their official band account saying:
‘Dear Alouders, we just want to say from the bottom of our hearts Thank you!! This tour has been an amazing experience and the perfect chance to say thank you for being on this journey with us through a decade.
‘It has far exceeded any of our dreams and we hope we are forever your inspiration and reminder that dreams really do glitter!! Your love and support will stay with us forever but we have now come to the end of our incredible time together. Love you lots.’
Just in case you wondered how the girls managed to cheat their way round the 140 character Twitter limit they used an app called TwitLonger to post their message to fans.
The last decade has seen a massive rise in all of the girls fortunes since they first got together in November 2002 on music reality show Pop Stars: The Rivals. At that time it was probably Nadine Coyle who was expected to make the biggest impact on the music scene as she had the strongest voice of all the girls in the group. As we know however things turned out quite differently with Cheryl Cole and, in recent months, Kimberley Walsh both making the biggest impact on not just the music scene but media in general.
For much of the last few years Cheryl Cole has assumed a sort of “people’s princess” role in the UK public’s minds and much of the country has gone through relationship woes, the highs and the lows of her UK and US talent show judging experiences and many other events she lived out in the full gaze of the public and media. Of late though it has been Kimberley Walsh who has taken more of a high-profile media role with her fantastic run in Strictly Come Dancing last year and her emergence following this as a sex symbol with her toned body and great abs.
As a group Girls Aloud have enjoyed considerable chart success with 22 consecutive top 11 UK singles and 4 Number One singles and total single sales of 4.3 million. In the process they became the UK’s biggest selling girl group of the century.
You can see from the photos here that the girls have all come a very long way since 2002, not least in their grasp of fashion. Here’s wishing them all the best in whatever they all decide to do next.