With their wholesome good looks and catchy pop hits, these boy bands defined an era for British girls growing up in the 90s.
Five, 911, Damage and A1 topped the charts and played sell-out concerts to thousands of screaming fans at the height of their fame – but the decades since are a very different story.
While a handful managed to keep up a career in the music industry, others faced years of hardship.
Jimmy Constable of 911 appeared on the Jeremy Kyle show after battling with drink and drug addiction when the band parted ways. Meanwhile Five poster boy Richard ‘Abs’ Breen, better known as Abz Love, made headlines in 2015 when he tried to sell his BRIT Awards to raise funds to pay for the upkeep of his Welsh farm.
Now the singers are back in the spotlight as they prepare to join forces for a mega boy band reunion tour, Boys Are Back, which will see them play dates across the UK next year.
So before you rush to snap up your tickets, read on to find out how life has treated your favourite teen heartthrobs in the years since they made it big…
Keep on Movin’! Five are joining forces with three other 90s boy bands for a reunion tour next year. They now perform as a three-piece after Abz Love and Jason ‘J’ Brown left the group. Pictured l-r, the original line-up in 1997: Abz Love, Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson, Sean Conlon and J Brown
Radio star: Scott Robinson, now 39, is now a father of four and hosts a 90s show on Essex Radio. Pictured, Scott in the band’s heyday (left) and on ITV’s Lorraine yesterday (right)
The day after Five officially split in September 2001, Scott, 39, tied the knot with girlfriend Kerry Oaker.
Eighteen years – and four children – later, the couple are still very much in love, with Scott regularly sharing gushing posts about his beautiful wife on social media.
In the years after the split Scott landed roles in a handful of reality shows including 2008’s Celebrity Scissorhands and ITV2 series The Big Reunion in 2013.
He also appeared in the UK regional theatre musical Boogie Nights 2 from late 2004 through most of 2005.
One of the three remaining members of the group, Scott took part in both the 2006 and 2012 reunions and is currently touring with Five.
Scott is also a passionate Arsenal supporter and enjoys playing football in his spare time. He recently took part in a celebrity charity match alongside X Factor star Jake Quickenden and TV personality Jeff Brazier.
He currently hosts Top of the 90s on Radio Essex.
Richard ‘Abs’ Breen, now Abz Love
Teen heartthrob: Abz Love, pictured left in 1998, publicly split from the group on Twitter in 2014. He announced last month that he is forming a new boy band super group, alongside Dane Bowers, Shayne Lynch and Ben Ofoedu. Pictured right, Abz on Loose Women in 2018
It has been a journey of highs and lows for Richard Breen, better known as Abz Love, now 40.
After years out of the spotlight, Love returned to screens on ITV2’s The Big Reunion in 2013, alongside bandmates Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville and Sean Robinson.
Just a year later he announced he was leaving the group by posting a brief statement on Twitter, without letting his fellow bandmates know beforehand.
He later revealed in an interview that he did not feel right performing without J Brown.
Abz returned to the spotlight in 2014 when BBC Two commissioned reality TV show Country Strife: Abz on the Farm, which followed Abz and then girlfriend Vicky Fallon as they purchased a dilapidated smallholding and navigated the highs and lows of adjusting to rural life on a budget.
In 2015 Abz made headlines when he listed his BRIT Award on eBay, explaining he needed to raise money to pay for soil and gardening tools for the farm. He received a bid of £1million, however eBay shut down the account over fraud fears.
The singer released a solo single in January 2016. Last month he was announced as part of a line-up for a new boy band super group, alongside Dane Bowers, Shayne Lynch and Ben Ofoedu.
Full-time foodie: Ritchie Neville, left in 1999, became a successful restaurateur in Australia. He also welcomed a daughter with Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton. Right, Ritchie in 2014
Since Five’s break-up in late 2001, Neville, 39, has made occasional appearances as a presenter, guest, actor and reality show contestant.
In 2010, Ritchie moved to Australia and found success as restaurateur in Crows Nest, Sydney, attracting a loyal following of locals and tourists.
In January 2014, it was announced that Ritchie would be taking part in celebrity skiing competition The Jump. He finished in third place.
He currently tours with Scott and Sean as Five and is active on Twitter, where his profile reads: ‘Member of Five, actor, photographer. Love family, motorbikes, adventure, and pork crackling.’
Ritchie dated Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton and the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Ella Rose, in September 2014. They split in March 2016.
Bid for reality TV fame: Despite being a seasoned pop star, Sean Conlon (left in 1997) failed to make it past the first round in the first series of The Voice in March 2012, right
In March 2012, Conlon auditioned for the first series of The Voice but he failed to make it past the first round after no coach chose him.
He rejoined the group in 2013 as part of ITV’s the Big Reunion, after declining the 2006 reunion.
Conlon and his wife, who has kept out of the public eye, welcomed their first child in January 2014. He boasts almost 37,000 followers on Twitter.
Jason ‘J’ Brown
Shunning the spotlight: J Brown is the only member of the band not joining the reunion tour. Pictured, J in 1997 (left) and after coming third place in I’m A Celebrity in 2007, right
After the band split, Brown maintained a low-key lifestyle.
In 2007, months after a failed 5ive reunion bid, Brown signed up to take part in the seventh series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
He made it to the final with Christopher Biggins and Janice Dickinson, but finished in third place.
Brown was the only member of the group who did not take part in ITV2 reality series The Big Reunion, saying he no longer wanted to be in the public eye.
Speaking in a 2013 TV interview, Brown told how he had previously battled depression and had once attempted to take his own life.
Now thought to be living in the Welsh Valleys, Brown has also written and produced for other musicians.
Natural talent: Unlike many boy bands of the era, Damage was formed organically. Pictured the original line-up in 1997: Rahsaan J Bromfield, Andrez Harriott, Noel Simpson, Jade Jones and Coreé Richards. Richards is the only member not appearing on the reunion tour
Pop star romance: Jade Jones, pictured with the group in 1997 (left) has two children with Spice Girl Emma Bunton. Right, Jones, who re-trained as a chef, on Lorraine yesterday
Perhaps the most high profile member of the band, Jones remained in the spotlight thanks to his relationship with the Spice Girls’ Emma Bunton.
The couple met in 1998 but had an on-off relationship – with Bunton being linked to Rio Ferdinand and Justin Timberlake – before settling down in 2004.
The musical pair, who have chosen not to marry, welcomed their eldest son Beau Lee Jones in August 2007 and son Tate Lee Jones in May 2011.
After Damage split, Jones formed CherryBlackStone with band member Andrez Harriott, but the pair lasted only a few months.
In 2006, he participated in and went on to win the Channel 4 reality show The Games.
Following Beau’s birth, Jones retrained as a chef and reportedly worked at Claridge’s.
Giving back: Andrez Harriott in 1997, left. Since 2005, Andrez (right in July) has dedicated his life to working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or at risk of offending
Andrez Harriott continued his musical career after Damage by forming CherryBlackStone, a four piece group with their name taken from the American rock band Black Stone Cherry.
The group, which also included Jones and Harriott’s wife ReDD, performed at several London venues, Female First reported.
Since 2005, Andrez has dedicated his life to working with young people and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds or those at risk of offending.
Andrez founded The Liminality Group in 2011 in order to work with young people and young adults, often during the difficult times within their lives, with the aim of developing their potential for a better future.
The company delivers early intervention and prevention programmes within schools and Young Offender Institutions in addition to training professionals surrounding gangs and serious youth violence and effective practice when engaging high-risk young people.
He continues this work alongside commitments with Damage.
Rahsaan J Bromfield
Back on stage: One of the founding members of the band, Bromfield (left in 1997) now tours with Harriott, Jones and Simpson. Right, the singer at an event in July this year
One of the founding members of the band, Bromfield established Damage with Noel Simpson while at the Barbara Speake Stage School in Acton, west London.
In early 2014, Bromfield returned to the stage when Damage reformed as a quartet without Richards for the second series of the ITV2 documentary The Big Reunion along with other bands.
He currently tours with Harriott, Jones and Simpson as a four-piece version of Damage.
Low-key: Noel Simpson, left in 1997, chooses to keep his Instagram profile private. However it is known he has at least one child. Right, Noel at a music event in July this year
Band co-founder Noel Simpson has kept a relatively low profile in the years since the split.
Social media posts reveal he has at least one child, a son, although he keeps his Instagram profile private.
Noel balances band commitments with work as a youth worker, according to his Twitter profile.
Out of the spotlight: Original member Coreé Richards will not be on the reunion tour
Richards was the fifth member recruited for the band after the other four heard him singing at a bus stop. However he was first to leave – announcing his departure in August 2001 after the release of singles Still Be Lovin’ You and So What If I from the band’s second album, Since You’ve Been Gone.
The remaining four members released a further single, After the Love Has Gone, and later announced their split in December 2001.
Speaking in 2014, Simpson, Jones, Bromfield and Harriott told The Sun that they blamed Richards leaving for the band’s collapse. Richards released a solo track on iTunes in 2015.
The musician has declined to rejoin the band for any reunion tours and will not join them on the road next year.
Flippin’ successful: 911’s Jimmy Constable, Lee Brennan and Spike Dawbarn will all join forces for the Boys Are Back reunion tour next year. Pictured, the youthful line-up in 1997
Personal demons: Jimmy Constable (pictured in 1996) had arguably the most difficult road in the wake of his boy band success. He has since spoken publicly about his battles with drug and alcohol. Pictured right, a fresh-faced Jimmy, 47, on ITV’s Lorraine yesterday
Jimmy Constable, now 47, had arguably the most difficult road in the wake of his boy band success, facing a battle with alcoholism and drug use that eventually led to a period on the Jeremy Kyle show.
Originally a trained dancer, Constable turned to drink towards the end of the band’s time together. On one occasion he appeared on SMTV Live while intoxicated.
Once the band had decided to split, Constable was tasked with announcing the news in a live radio interview on the Chris Moyles Show on Radio 1 in 2000.
Speaking in an interview with the Guardian in 2005, Constable revealed the impact it had on him. ‘I didn’t have any time to get my head around it,’ he said. ‘I had a lump in my throat saying it, then we came out of Radio 1 and the other two guys went to the pub. I got in my car and took off and I never saw them for two years.’
After the band split, Constable turned to drink and drugs, admitting in an interview with the Daily Star: ‘I found myself in my old single bed with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and a bottle of pain killers and thought about ending it there and then.
‘The only thing that stopped me was thinking about the devastation it would cause for my family.’
Constable spoke about his issues on the Jeremy Kyle show in 2013 and on Loose Women in 2017. He released a solo album, Road To Evolution, in 2018.
Jimmy has a son, Scott, with ex-fiancee Bernadette Robertson and two children, Taylor and Ellie, with wife Claire.
Simon ‘Spike’ Dawbarn
Youth leader: Spike Dawbarn, left in 1996 and right in 2014, has spoken about how the band decided to quit at the top of their game. He later founded a music programme for children.
Dawbarn, now 45, continues to make a living gigging with members of 911 and joined Brennan and Constable on their tour of Asia this summer.
After the band split Dawbarn established youth performing arts programme PopSkool in his hometown of Warrington, Cheshire. It reportedly opened other branches across the UK.
Speaking on The Big Reunion in 2014, Dawbarn said he believed the band had made the right decision in quitting the industry when they did.
He said: ‘We knew we’d reached our peak and we were kind of that little decline and we thought, ‘It’s best getting out at the top.’
Little is known about Dawbarn’s personal life.
Baby faced: After 911 split, Lee remained in the entertainment industry, pursuing a solo career and acting. Pictured, the singer in the band’s prime in 1996 (left) and at LFW in 2015
After 911 split, Lee remained in the entertainment industry, pursuing a solo career and acting.
Last year he expanded his reach in the industry by establishing Lee Brennan Entertainment, with the view of using his 20-plus years of experience in the industry to represent other artists.
He joined Dawbarn and Constable on a 911 tour of Asia, where they maintain a devoted following.
Brennan, who describes himself as a ’90’s Boybander Singer/Actor’, is also a passionate philanthropist.
A cancer survivor himself – Brennan was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma twice in childhood – the singer established the annual Shine A Light Ball to raise funds for cancer charities.
The musician regularly posts on Instagram, where he boasts more than 10,600 followers.
International stars: A1’s Ben Adams, Christian Ingebrigsten, Mark Read and Paul Marazzi in 1999. This November the original line-up will reunite for their first UK performance in 15 years
Rocky road to a reunion: Paul Marazzi (left in 1999) had the longest break from the band. However the singer is reuniting with the band for their UK gig this November
While Marazzi has now rejoined A1 it was a rocky road to the reunion for the 44-year-old.
The singer, who was the founding member of the band, was the first to leave, announcing in October 2002 that he was taking a break from A1 for personal reasons. The band split shortly afterwards.
The musician continued to forge a career in the music industry, establishing a band called Snagsby and later gigging with a wedding band called Hip Operations.
Unlike fellow boyband alum Jason Brown, Marazzi turned down an opporunity to appear on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here! when he was approached for the 2004 series.
He also declined to join the three other members of A1 for a reunion show in Norway in August 2009, and for The Big Reunion in 2013.
Marazzi, who is a father at two, also spent some time working as a cabinet maker.
In May last year it was announced that Marazzi would rejoin the band for a series of concerts in south east Asia in October last year.
The band are now preparing for their first live UK show with the original line-up in 15 years. It will be held at O2 Academy Islington, London on 1 November.
Showbiz family: Christian Ingebrigtsen, left in 2001, remains a popular star in Norway. Right, Christian supporting bandmate Ben Adams at the premiere of his musical Eugenius last year
Son of celebrated Norwegian artist Stein Ingebrigtsen, Christian was destined for a career in the music industry.
In 2003, a year after A1 split, Ingebrigtsen started his career as a solo artist.
His debut was the duet In Love with an Angel with Maria Arredondo. The song spent three months in Norway’s top 10. His debut solo album was released on 27 December 2003 and peaked at No. 2 in the charts. Albums followed in 2006 and 2007.
In 2009 Ingebrigtsen burst onto the stage in the role of Marius in an Oslo production of Les Miserables.
Ingebrigtsen has also lent his voice to Norwegian versions of Disney films Tangled and Brother Bear.
In between tours, Ingebrigsten works in his studio in Oslo, where he writes and produces for several well known Scandinavian artists.
Songwriting career: Mark Read (pictured left in 1999) has helped pen songs for stars including Charlotte Church and Rick Astley. Pictured right, Read smiling at a 2018 premiere
Once A1 disbanded, Read focused on songwriting and signed a publishing deal with Metrophonic Music, part of the Universal Music Publishing Group.
He collaborated with artists including Rick Astley, John Barrowman, Charlotte Church and several X Factor Finalists.
In June 2009, Read released his debut album, Peace at Last.
Writing on his website, Mark said his proudest moment so far was having a song he co-wrote We Will Remember Them chosen to raise money for Help for Heroes and Royal British Legion in 2009.
Fans can buy Mark Read merchandise, including albums and a signed photos, on his official website.
Stage and screen star: Ben Adams in 2002 (left) and on ITV’s Lorraine yesterday (right). Adams has enjoyed a varied career that’s taken in producing, musicals and reality TV
After a couple of years writing, Adams made a comeback with a new solo recording contract with BMG Records.
His first solo single, Sorry, reached No. 18 on the UK Singles Chart in June 2005.
As well as writing for himself, Adams began writing and producing for the likes of Robin Thicke, Craig David, JLS, Sam Bailey, Amelia Lily, Markus Feehily, Union J and Alexandra Burke.
Adams appeared on the sixth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2009, ultimately finishing in fifth place.
In 2012, Adams took part in Skal Vi Danse, the Norwegian version of Strictly Come Dancing on TV2 Norway and finished in second place.
In October 2017 Ben took a leading role in the touring version of Flashdance the Musical.