October 6, 2011 12:12

Black Eyed Peas 'to split' after pulling out of Michael Jackson tribute show

Reports suggest an announcement is imminent

Black Eyed Peas 'to split' after pulling out of Michael Jackson tribute show

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Black Eyed Peas are preparing to announce that they will be permanently splitting up, according to tabloid reports.

The band pulled out of this weekend's Michael Jackson tribute concert at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium yesterday (October 5), citing "unavoidable circumstances". This has reportedly meant they have had to forfeit a fee of £1.5 million.

The group had already announced an indefinite hiatus in July, although will.i.am insisted it was just a break, tweeting: "The @Bep will take a break after the beginning...just like we did from monkey business to the e.n.d...but it doesn't mean we stop creating." Bandmate Fergie also said, "this isn't the last time you'll see us."

However, an unnamed source has told The Daily Mirror that the band are about to split permanently.

The source said:

Pulling out of this weekend’s gig is the final curtain call for them – especially as they’re all such huge Jacko fans. Things have been taking a turn for the worse over the past few months but this signals the end.


The Michael Forever tribute show will go ahead on Saturday (October 8) with sets from Jackson's siblings Marlon, Tito, Jackie and LaToya, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Leona Lewis and JLS.

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