In shocking news, Destiny’s Child announces that this tour will be their last. Destiny’s Child is no more and in a statement issued to MTV, the group explained why.

We have been working together as Destiny’s Child since we were 9, and touring together since we were 14. After a lot of discussion and some deep soul-searching, we realized that our current tour has given us the opportunity to leave Destiny’s Child on a high note, united in our friendship and filled with an overwhelming gratitude for our music, our fans, and each other,” the statement said.

The breakup of the girl group, isn’t much of a shocker. Many of their fans and critics didn’t expect the group to exist at all after the multi-platinum solo debut of Beyonce in 2003. Her album, Dangerously In Love, won five Grammys and solidified her as a one-name superstar apart from the group.

And the title of Destiny’s Child‘s latest album — Destiny Fulfilled — appeared to signal the end was near.

I think as far as Destiny’s Child, our main focus is for us to maintain our friendship. And if in three years, five years, 10 years, whenever we decide we wanna do another Destiny’s Child record, then we will do it,Beyonce said. “But I think our main goal was to do this next record, and I think we just wanna eventually have kids that play together.

Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland have been members of the group since it was formed in their hometown of Houston. They scored instant success with their debut, thanks to the hit “No No No (Part I).” Back then, the founding members also included LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson.

But after the release of their second album, 1999’s The Writing’s On The Wall, Luckett and Roberson were booted from the group. (The duo later sued the group and Beyonce‘s manager-father, Matthew Knowles, and reached a settlement.)

Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin replaced Roberson and Luckett the same year, but Franklin was later dropped, making the quartet a trio.

Among the group’s biggest hits have been “Bootylicious,” “Survivor” and “Independent Women (Part I).” All of their albums have sold at least 1 million copies; their latest has sold more than 2 million.

Besides Beyonce, Rowland and Williams have released solo albums — with less fanfare.

The girls want to remain as close friends even thou they are breaking up!

After all these wonderful years working together, we realized that now is the time to pursue our personal goals and solo efforts in earnest,” the statement continued. “No matter what happens, we will always love each other as friends and sisters and will always support each other as artists. We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible love and support and hope to see you all again as we continue fulfilling our destinies.