EXCLUSIVE BY ANDREW HUTCHINSON LEEDS singer Sean Conlon today opened his heart on his decision to turn his back on a Five pop comeback.
The 25-year-old revealed he has decided to concentrate on a solo career but was quick to wish his former bandmates all the best as they prepare to launch a second bid for fame.
The group split five years ago after selling 20 million records worldwide and having had 11 top ten singles.
They had number one hits with Keep On Movin', We Will Rock You and Let's Dance.
Sean, from Horsforth, Leeds, said: "I was approached to get involved, which was appreciated, but I declined. I decided I wanted to focus on my solo career. It is what I have working towards since Five broke up.
"I didn't see reforming as a step forward. I respect their decision but on a personal level it wasn't for me."
The former Menston St Mary's pupil said he had been in contact with former bandmates to pass on his best wishes.
"I have spoken to Scott (Robinson) to say good luck. They all fully understand it's not for me anymore and I can't go back.
"I have wished them well and all the best for the future."
Sean said he was currently putting together a solo album, which he hoped would be released sometime next year, and was in the process of signing a record deal.
"I haven't put pen to paper yet but I'm hoping to sign something in the coming weeks," said Sean, speaking from a recording studio in Poland where he is working on new material.
Sean added: "I'm living in London at the moment because that's where the music industry is but Leeds will always be my true home.
"I miss the northern sense of humour, the banter and the friendliness of people."
The newly-reformed Five, who will continue as a foursome, say their new music will be "cooler" than it used to be and they are ditching their dance routines.
Group member Ritchie Neville added: "We're not clutching at straws. We don't need the money. We're going to be back bigger than ever.
"Take That went out and obviously made a lot of money touring, but we wanted to do it the other way around – start afresh and write an album."