Westlife to take a break

Irish pop stars Westlife are planning to take a break from the band and spend 2012 working on "other projects".

The four-piece is set to release a second greatest hits album this Christmas and singer Kian Egan admits it’ll be the last group venture for a while.

"We’ll be taking a good while away from the spotlight from next year. We’ve all got other projects on the go and I don’t want people to get sick of hearing us," he told Britain’s Sunday Star.

"I want us to go back to having tour hits from an album – we only had one from the last record."

But Egan’s keen to reassure fans the band will be back together before long.

"That doesn’t mean we’re splitting," he added.