Former BLUE star Simon Webbe has blamed SIR Elton John for the British boyband's shock split last month (JUL05) - insisting the flamboyant rocker told the band to quit before their careers went stale.
And John told the pop hunks to concentrate on solo projects, because he feared their popularity as a boyband was decreasing.
Webbe explains, "We decided to have a break because Sir Elton told us: 'You have a certain amount of longevity in the business. If you keep releasing pop albums as Blue you'll go stale.'
"His comments made sense. He's a legend with almost 40 years in the business. I realised it would be best to take time out.
"There were distractions and people were telling members of the band they could do better. Also, I did not want to hold any of the others back."