It’s not easy when girl groups break up or, nowadays, go on hiatus. The end of a girl group is monumental because even though many of them eventually reunite or remain friends there is no guarantee that they will ever release new music.
Breakups also lead fans wondering why and speculating what sort of drama was going on behind the curtain. Fans just need closure!
All good things have to come to an end. Check out the five most devastating girl group breakups below.
The saddest of all the girl group breakups have to be the Spice Girls. The five members, Mel C (Sporty), Mel B (Scary) Victoria Beckham (Posh), Geri Halliwell (Ginger) and Emma Bunton (Baby) shook the music industry to its core. Spice Girls is still the best selling girl group of all time with a total of $75 million in sales. The Spice Girls formed in 1994 and injected girl power into the pop scene. In May 1998 Halliwell announced her departure from the group. After her departure, the group recorded and released their last album. In December 2000 they announced their hiatus.
The group reunited in 2007 for a reunion tour and to perform at the Victoia’s Secret Fashion Show. They then went back on hiatus until the 2012 London Summer Olympics when they performed at the closing ceremonies. Recently the Spice Girls were hanging out together with their old manager Simon Fuller sparking reunion rumors.
One of the other most famous girl groups in history is Destiny’s Child aka the band that gave us Beyonce. Destiny’s Child first formed in 1997 and was originally known as Girls Tyme and had four members, Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. After signing a record deal they changed their name to Destiny’s Child. The original group released two albums and hits, “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Say My Name”.
After their second album, Roberson and Luckett were kicked out of the group and replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. Franklin left the group shortly afterward leaving the Destiny’s Child trio everyone knows of Knowles, Rowland and Williams.
The trio recorded one album before parting ways in late 2000. The three girls released solo albums and Beyonce went on to now be one of the greatest performers of our time. In 2004 the group got back together to release one more album, Destiny Fulfilled. The group toured before announcing their official break up in 2006. They are still friends and appear in each other’s projects and social media pages. The group reunited for Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2013.
Fifth Harmony has come a long way since their X Factor days, but unfortunately, they announced their hiatus. The five original members, Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui, all auditioned separately in 2012 and Simon Cowell grouped the girls together to form Fifth Harmony. The group wasn’t originally named Fifth Harmony though. At first, they were called Lylas like Love You Like A Sister, but that was already a musical group. Then they changed their name to 1432 to represent I Love You Too. Finally, they landed on Fifth Harmony and it stuck.
After one EP and two albums, Cabello announced her departure from the group in December 2016. The other four members kept recording and released another album. They just announced their hiatus as a group to pursue solo careers.
TLC was a trio of three girls, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, that formed in 1990. TLC is the best-selling American girl group and second best-selling group worldwide falling short of Spice Girls.
The original group was called TLC-Skee with Watkins, Lopes and Crystal Jones, who originated the image of the girl group. Jones was dropped before singing their record contracts and Thomas was added to the group. Their second album, CrazySexyCool is ranked in Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The group disbanded after their third album in 2001. The group had a lot of internal riffs and creative differences. In 2002 Lopes died in a car accident while filming a documentary in Honduras. After Lopes’ death Watkins, Thomas and TLC’s main producer Dallas Austin came together to release, what they said at the time would be the group’s final album 3D. The album featured Lopes’ vocals because she recorded a handful of songs before her death.
The group has done a handful of performances and reunions but never officially replacing Lopes, something they vow they’ll never do. In 2015 TLC started a kickstarted to record and released their final and fifth album TLC. They surpassed their $150,000 goal in 48 hours becoming the “fastest most funded pop project in Kickstarter history” having donations from New Kids on the Block, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake. The album was released in June 2017.
The Pussycat Dolls were formed in 1990 by Robin Antin and were originally a modern burlesque troupe. Christina Applegate was one of the original members of the dance troupe. In 2003 they turned into a musical girl group with six members, Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thorton and Kimberly Wyatt.
Their debut album PCD released in September 2005. Shortly before their second album Doll Domination was released in September 2008 Bachar announced her departure from the group. Many of the members were upset that lead vocalist Scherzinger was receiving most of the attention and press. In 2010 the members began to depart from the group with Scherzinger officially leaving in late 2010.
In October 2017 the Pussycat Dolls posted on their Instagram that there will be a PCD reunion but no confirmation what original members will be joining.