JLS split - Twitter responds
The world awoke this morning to the horrific news that the four boys known as Jack the Lad Swing (YES THAT'S WHAT IT STANDS FOR WE LOOKED IT UP) have called it a day after five years.
Yes, dear readers, JLS have split.
"After five number one hits and two Brit awards under their belts, they are going their separate ways," we are told. Cue statement with multiple references to "incredible journey" etc.
(Meanwhile, if we have learned one frankly stonking factoid from today's news, it is THIS).
In fairness to Aston, Marvin, Oritse and the other fella - they have always come across as likeable lads who knew what they were doing, and five years is a good run in the cutthroat business of boybands.
That said, Twitter has been ruthless. Here's a flavour of the best wisecracks doing the rounds:
Much of the comment concerned the JLS condoms:
Tonight I will wear my JLS condom at half mast.— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) April 24, 2013
JLS at their peak had a range of branded condoms. JLS have now split. Using these sentences, create a joke. #mocktheweekentranceexam— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) April 24, 2013
(so people did)
#JLS are just like their condoms, they split.— The Football HQ (@The_Football_HQ) April 24, 2013
(lots of people)
JLS split. I hope this isn't a reflection on their range of condoms.— Chris Rankin (@chrisrankin) April 24, 2013
(really, lots of people)
People getting upset at the JLS condom joke ... it's just gentle ribbing. #JLS— Damien O'Connor (@ratskins) April 24, 2013
Joking aside for a moment, some people were seriously cut up:
Best wishes to our @JLSOfficial boys. Feels like we've grown up together. Love you guys and cannot wait for an EPIC tour! Xx— The Saturdays (@TheSaturdays) April 24, 2013
And concerned for the future well-being of certain members:
Marvis and the other two will be fine, it's 'Chunk' i'm worried about— Joe Wilkinson (@gillinghamjoe) April 24, 2013
This illuminating literary extract was mentioned a few times:
The guy from Blur. And he seemed so nice…
JLS no more? wonderful news...i shall writhe today..in ecstatic glee. 1D and bieber to go..but they seem to be doing a good job themselves— graham coxon (@grahamcoxon) April 24, 2013
The news reached Irish shores:
FIRST OFFICIAL TWEET: Finian McGrath's Moustache would like to acknowledge the fact that JLS have broken up #youthvote— Finian McGraths Tash (@finians_tash) April 24, 2013
I'm thinking of starting up The Continuity JLS.— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) April 24, 2013
...Himself is 'devastated' by the JLS news. "Such nice young men" he always said of them. #SuchNiceYoungMen— Marian Keyes (@MarianKeyes) April 24, 2013
Farewell, #JLS. Truly, you were a boy band I had sort of heard of.— Damien Owens (@OwensDamien) April 24, 2013
This is probably not a lage demographic, Paddy
So JLS are splitting up after their tour. Any JLS fans who also support Barcelona are having a seriously tough morning. #JLS— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 24, 2013
There's always a silver lining…
JLS are splitting up. Girls Aloud already gone. Only One Direction to go and Ladbrokes pay out on one's accumulator.— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) April 24, 2013
Some people were a little unkind (but funny)
If only there were some kind of annual contest to find a boy band to replace JLS.— James Martin (@Pundamentalism) April 24, 2013
JLS are splitting up! And in other news, a married couple in Papua New Guinea have applied for planning permission to build a conservatory.— Neil Cowley (@neilcowleytrio) April 24, 2013
Just because JLS have split up, doesn't mean we have to talk about it.— Liz Buckley (@liz_buckley) April 24, 2013
And finally… we have a winner…
First inquiry of the day. 'Excuse me,' they say. 'Do you have anything about grief?' 'JLS?' I ask. They nod silently. We both start to cry.— WaterstonesTCR (@WaterstonesTCR) April 24, 2013