Exclusive: Abz Love speaks out about 5ive exit: 'I like to address things face on'

Published Monday, Aug 17 2015, 14:28 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Abz Love has spoken about his shock exit from boyband 5ive, saying it just came down to a "difference of opinion".

Abz is currently back on TV with his fiancée Vicky Fallon for their new BBC Two show, Country Strife: Abz on the Farm.

Abz Love of 5ive performs on stage at Echo Arena on November 19, 2013 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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In the first instalment of the show on Sunday (16 August), Abz was seen making his way to Butlins for a 5ive gig, where he admitted: "I just find it really tedious now. I haven't got the buzz anymore."

The singer quit 5ive in August 2014 - with his bandmates finding out about his exit just like the fans - via Twitter.

"I haven't spoken to them," Abz tells us. "I left on Twitter because I felt the people should know first. And by that point, things were messy anyway. To be honest with you, things weren't really right from the very start."

5ive performing at G-A-Y
London, United Kingdom

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(l-r) Abz, Sean, Ritchie and Scott.

When Abz quit, his bandmates - Scott Robinson, Sean Conlon and Ritchie Neville - were expecting him to attend a 5ive gig in Holland that weekend.

"People just like to cover things over but I just like to address things face on," Abz continues. "It's like 'let's talk about the big elephant in the room. Why ain't nobody talking about the elephant in the room? I want to talk about the big elephant in the room.'

"I was kind of on my own. I haven't spoken to any of them since. It was just a difference of opinion, just let them do what they want to do. I felt like maybe I was prohibiting them from doing what they wanted to be and I don't think they really liked me too much."

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Abz on his new show, Country Strife: Abz On The Farm.

Despite leaving the band almost one year ago, Abz hasn't entirely left music behind.

"I still dabble at home with a guitar but there might be some kind of album," he reveals. "And if anything did ever drop in the future, it would probably be country orientated or some kind of future country-farm-twang-banjo. I might even go out touring as one but with a numeral one and then 'ne'. Genius!"

5ive - originally made up of Abz, Scott, Ritchie, Sean and Jason 'J' Brown - found fame in the 90s with hits such as 'Slam Dunk' and 'When The Lights Go Out'. They split in 2001 but reunited on ITV2 show The Big Reunion in 2013. J decided not to take part.

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