Max George: The Wanted Broke Up Because Of One Direction Rivalry

Tue, January 28, 2014 8:43pm EDT by 92 Comments
Max George The Wanted Breaking Up
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The real reason why The Wanted broke up has finally been revealed, and it’s not what we expected. Singer Max George blames the group’s demise on its not-so-friendly rivalry with fellow boy band One Direction. Could this really be the reason?

Max George has broken his silence about why The Wanted decided to split up after four years together. In addition to growing tension between the band members, the singer admits that they just couldn’t compete with the huge success of One Direction.

Max George On The Wanted Breaking Up — One Direction Rivalry Caused Split

The Wanted shocked fans around the world when they announced on Jan. 22 that they would be taking a break to focus on their individual careers. But it turns out that wasn’t the only reason the British band broke up.

The Wanted Breaks Up

“One Direction are a phenomenon that no one else can compete with,” Max confessed in a new interview with The Sun. “They’ve taken over the market. We have our own fans, who we love, but we couldn’t stop things from happening.”

We have a feeling The Wanted fans won’t be happy to hear this, but hey, at least the band members have plans to embark on solo careers.

The Wanted Members To Pursue ‘Personal Endeavors’

The Wanted released a statement on their website TheWantedMusic.com announcing their temporary split on Jan. 22:

This tour will be their last for a while as Tom, Max, Jay, Siva and Nathan have collectively decided to take time to pursue personal endeavours following the tour’s conclusion. The band wants to stress to their fans that they will continue on as The Wanted and look forward to many successful projects together in the future. They thank their fans for their continued love and support and look forward to seeing them on tour.

“It shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone,” Max told The Sun. “As upsetting as it might be to some of the other guys, I have to live my life. Nathan and I haven’t broken any promises either because we’re both going to be on the tour.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Is One Direction to blame for The Wanted’s break up? Or is this just an excuse? Let us know.

– Sandra Clark

More The Wanted News:

  1. The Wanted’s Split Revealed: The Real Reason The Boys Are Parting Ways
  2. The Wanted Taking A Break To Pursue ‘Individual Endeavours’
  3. The Wanted Challenge One Direction To A Fight

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Maimz

Posted at 1:48 AM on July 12, 2014  

Reall i don’t hate the wanted and truth be told i am a directioner but i don’t think their reason is valid if you love what you do and your fans you should carry on if i was in their place i would continue cause you got a whole bunch of fans that love and respact you and thats what matters not one direction

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Katie

Posted at 6:31 PM on June 3, 2014  

I posted a message a very while back, but now that I am actually thinking, maybe everyone else should also. This makes me think: DANCE PUPPETS DANCE! Look at all of you arguing on a media page! All of these News channel/MEDIA that CAUSED THE TENSION between the groups are just using you all. I like both groups, but I like The Wanted more because I heard about them first and I thought 1D were for kids originally since they were on Nickelodeon, but they are my age. Anyway, all of these comments are hate from both groups, mostly 1D it appears, but also people who never sat and listened to any group music. Just think HOW MANY pages that this war been going on. If I was the editor, I would probably sitting behind the screen laughing at everyone. I mean just THINK, there is so much news report on either group. I’m actually starting to think on a neutral standing for once. So, yes they compare them because all of you are falling into the trap to see who bad mouth the other group more. It’s sickening, how the world is manipulating everyone’s emotion, which prevents the actual thinking process. I remember when both groups first started and the interviewers CONSTANTLY asked is their a rivalry between the groups and both groups pretty much said they didn’t know the other. I actually did my own research and realize that it was TRUE, that neither knew each other. To be honest, some of them are friends on twitter, but you wouldn’t know that because you all clawing each other out that it’s so immature. Now, The Wanted are on break, who are 1D going to have a rivalry against? Who are they going to compare? Where are they going to get their anger from? 5SOS, The Vamps, Rixton? They just did a comparison between 1D and 5SOS! Don’t you think it’s interesting that now they are comparing them JUST LIKE THEY DID THE WANTED AND ONE DIRECTION? Media causes the problem and you all are too blind to see it…so why still fight?

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Kendall KJ

Posted at 5:11 AM on May 6, 2014  

Dear Directioners and Haters,

I am probably going to get a lot of hate comments after this but whatever LIVE ON THE EDGE!

I think you guys have misread what has been said, Directioners should be happy because max COMPLIMENTED One Direction : ‘One Direction are a phenomenon that no one else can compete with’. And to people who are hating.. WHY? if you think any of the bands suck then i suggest you do your research because they wouldn’t have gotten this far. I agree that you have your opinion but you know some people are sensitive and how would you feel waking up in the morning to all the hate saying how you don’t deserve all the dreams you would work for. Just because you guys are behind a computer doesn’t mean you can go and be a HATER to people that you don’t like.

P.S it was destined to happen sooner or later and everything successful has an end or not whether or not you want to admit it or not

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=/

Posted at 12:20 AM on April 20, 2014  

No, it may not be 1D’s fault but it really doesn’t make The Wanted’s life all rainbow unicorns to have Directioners sending them hate left and right.

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Sarah

Posted at 4:19 PM on April 18, 2014  

They broke up because of one direction? Haha what a lame excuse. Sorry TW fans but I think they’re exaggerating. How can one direction be blamed for their break up? Just because one direction may be slightly better than them, it doesn’t mean they should have broken up. Who cares if one direction is more successful then TW, Think about the fans! They might be so devastated :( oh well, I just think they could’ve put in more effort in their work and not blame one direction BS

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alexa

Posted at 1:46 PM on April 13, 2014  

its not that i dont love the wanted because i do. but i feel like its a little off that they would split up because 1D has a far feched fandom that blows things out of the water. i feel that the breakup is more so because our fandom has this problem where we favor one of the members more then the rest. max and tom have both said in many interviews ” fans tend to favor nathan more because hes the youngest ” being a fan i think that this is true i offten find myself googling all of the members and i sseem to notice that there is so much more stuff saying ‘ Nathan ‘ then i find saying tom max jay or siva. i seem to think they are breaking up because they dont like having the fans pick who is the best to who they dont like . being part of a fandom means being an equal favor. if you only like nathan or you only like max your not a fan your judst a wanna be but im just saying they should be equals !!!!!!!!!!!!

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John

Posted at 10:37 AM on April 13, 2014  

It’s not 1D fiat it’s the wanted they should come out with better songs that no one never hard and show there body more that’s what girls like and slow down with the clubs beats it starts to get old they just need to get better beats to get ppl hype

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Lisa

Posted at 1:48 AM on April 11, 2014  

Whether I am a Directioner or not, I don’t think that is one direction’s fault. Lots of celbs have rivalries but you don’t see them breaking up. Maybe they just wanted to take a break from all of it, like you know the insults and stuff. :/

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Rim

Posted at 12:42 PM on April 3, 2014  

It’s definitely not 1D’s fault. It’s actually The Wanted’s label for not promoting them good enough.

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meredith

Posted at 11:52 AM on March 31, 2014  

I’m sad hear the news about them splitting up because i always like them but they couldn’t help for the fact for what one direction has done. they couldn’t help the fact that one direction has gotten so successful. i know that both bands have had some tension between them and that was immature for both bands. but the wanted have been successful with what they have put out so far. i know it stinks that they are breaking up just know that they have enjoyed every minute of what happened to them over the past couple of years but that doesn’t mean that this may be the last time we hear of them though.

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Reema

Posted at 11:55 AM on March 30, 2014  

Yes i think that one direction the one to blame

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Katrina

Posted at 4:28 AM on April 2, 2014  

how the hell is this One Directions foult?!

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Rachel Marak

Posted at 3:30 AM on April 12, 2014  

Just shut up !!!!! iT IS NOT 1D’s fault it is the Wanted FAULT CZ THEY STINK SO U BETTER MOVE AWAY!!!!!!

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alexa

Posted at 1:55 PM on April 13, 2014  

yes i agree its not 1d who is at fault. but i seem to get this feeling that you never learned that people can share how they feel without crazy fu’ked up a”holes like you having a sh!t fit about it so go take a walk and calm your sh!t thx

 
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TheWantedLover

Posted at 6:03 AM on April 18, 2014  

I agree it’s not 1d’s fault but The Wanted don’t stink so why don’t you move away and learn some facts before you say something! If The Wanted stunk then they wouldn’t have fans, and don’t you dare say they don’t because if they don’t then who am I? And who is #TWFanmily?

 
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Alwaysthinkbeforeyouspeak

Posted at 10:27 PM on April 30, 2014  

I Wish you was in a band and have you stumble on exactly the same comment you wrote here being it about your band. Now tell me, how would you feel?

 
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khettlim

Posted at 10:19 AM on June 30, 2014  

not have nothing against 1D, but you do not have the right to Diser of this, the wanted … shut your mouth and pay attention as you speak

 
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Anon

Posted at 12:52 PM on March 10, 2014  

What all you just mentioned is in fact not true, if you read the interviews, you’ll know. First one all, they aren’t “splitting up”, all they are taking is a break, though apparently a long one. Also, one direction doesn’t come in this in any way. Get your facts right.

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Daisy

Posted at 6:25 PM on March 8, 2014  

It’s not one direction fault its buissness problems and well one direction is bigger then the wanted which makes them have no deal in music when one direction better just saying

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Alexia

Posted at 12:04 PM on February 28, 2014  

He didn’t blame One Direction for anything, stop twisting his words. The Wanted basically broke up cause they were dropped from their label and Max and Nathan wanted to do solo stuff. But I got to say that the feud with One Direction didn’t help them at all. They were always made to be the bad ones, but honestly both bands were immature.

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Kendall KJ

Posted at 5:01 AM on May 6, 2014  

Amen SISTA finally, everyone is twisting the words an it is pissing me off. I honestly love both bands but i think that some people twisted their words to advantage them

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imen ghost girl

Posted at 2:40 PM on February 27, 2014  

Owww,i’m sorry for the wanted’s break up but i dont know and i dont think that 1d band is the reason with there great sucess in all songs speacilly the last songs

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Kasy

Posted at 2:40 PM on February 27, 2014  

They broke up because of business problems most likely and the fact that there was already tension within the band. That has nothing to do with one directions success. Max said it just because he loathes one direction. It wouldn’t be the first time either bands say thing about eachother.

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tegan hain age 12

Posted at 1:15 PM on February 24, 2014  

noo dont split up plzzzzzzz i love u guys soo much with you guys spliting up ill have nothing

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Dee Campos

Posted at 12:09 PM on March 15, 2014  

i share the same feeling tegan hain age 12. even i love the wanted soooooo much, i don’t want them to split up!!

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Om

Posted at 4:19 PM on February 23, 2014  

directioners are so rude about the Wanted im a fan of the wanted and i dont say anything bad about 1D i respect them and directioners so why should they talk bad about THE WANTED and their fans ( mostly the wanted)

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Myra

Posted at 5:46 AM on February 26, 2014  

I’m a directioner, and I agree with you…..

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khettlim

Posted at 10:28 AM on June 30, 2014  

poblema and its

 
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Jessica buenaflor

Posted at 6:19 AM on March 28, 2014  

Im a HUGE directioners and i dont say any rude things about the wanted except if they insulted one direction then were going to have a problem…… I rather talk about how adorable and hot 1d are than say rude things about the wanted….l

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Kate Styles

Posted at 4:31 AM on April 2, 2014  

Not all Directioners are rude to The Wanted or theyr fans!

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DM

Posted at 11:53 PM on February 22, 2014  

Well

Its actually nobody fault its just that
He music busniess sees that 1D is ssooo famous
That the wanted had to lose their workers
so bascially its NOBODIES FAULT!!!!!

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khettlim

Posted at 10:30 AM on June 30, 2014  

and this same!

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Rakshyaa chhetri

Posted at 4:54 AM on February 19, 2014  

You can’t simply blame 1D but hey that’s a pretty good decision!

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khettlim

Posted at 10:25 AM on June 30, 2014  

just not ……… chhetr Rakshyaa

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Beliectioners

Posted at 4:34 AM on February 18, 2014  

Yess… Good Boy

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Rk

Posted at 6:23 AM on February 11, 2014  

Yes 1D should be blamed for it because they are too rude with people and full of show off

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Directioner

Posted at 11:00 AM on February 14, 2014  

OH NO what do you think you are talking about one direction is not rude its not one directions fault that one direction is soooooo popular and the wanted sucks

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Dee Campos

Posted at 12:07 PM on March 15, 2014  

i agree with you Rk.

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Kate Styles

Posted at 4:35 AM on April 2, 2014  

oh really?! How are they rude what have they ever done to you?! Theyr not rude theyr the kindest people ever! and they dont show off you know nothing about them so dont talk things like this about them please!
And most of The Wanted fans say Directioners are rude but you should look at your selfes your not better!

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Rachel Marak

Posted at 3:33 AM on April 12, 2014  

Darling, SHUT UP!!! THE WANTED SUCKS! THEIR VOICES SUCKS, THEIR SONGS SUCKS, THEIR VIDEOS SUCKS!!! 1D IS MUCH BETTER THAN THE WANTED LIKE BILLIONS TIMES BETTER!!!!!

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ashley

Posted at 6:22 PM on February 8, 2014  

they keep saying: “the wanted fans or fans” but im like what fans *laughing emoji*

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Kendall KJ

Posted at 5:03 AM on May 6, 2014  

#hateralert Oo and im like how many fans do you have?1? *laughing emoji*

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natasia

Posted at 4:50 AM on February 7, 2014  

max didnt blame any fighting with one direction for their breakup he basically said one direction is huge and they couldnt compete any more with them they have taken over the whole market, everyone knows that im a huge 1D fan but i always loved the wanted also. 1D fans need to put themselfs in the wanted fans place and think how they would feel if it was 1D breaking up!!! The wanted did great untill one direction came along, its no ones fault its just how the music business goes when you have two boy bands especially from the same place the UK. 1D’s popularity and fame isnt to blame for the wanteds new album to flop and lose their record lable, its the music in the album that caused it!! Either way being a 1D fan or The wanted fan or even a fan of both dosnt make the bad mouthing of each others favorite bands make anyone of you a fan either group would be proud to say YEAH THATS OUR FANS BEST FANS EVER!!!!

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Cat

Posted at 3:40 PM on April 30, 2014  

No its 100% not one directions fault. the wanted cant blame breaking up on them. just because one direction is the great at singing doesn’t mean the wanted can blame that on them. I’m a directioner so of course I will take their side but, the wanted wasn’t that good and what I just read doesn’t make sense. One direction would NEVER do something like that so back off wanted you are not good! Its not fair. The wanted might be losing their fans but its not their fault! That makes the wanted look bad! One direction DID NOT BREAK HE WANTED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go get your binkies wanted and stop crying about one direction. Its not their fault they are better than you and they do not lie about you breaking them up so back off of them. STOP BLAMING THEM!!! its not right to do that

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