After The Wanted broke up, there was a flurry of rumors about who really caused the split in the band, but now the truth has finally been revealed! In a recent interview, Tom Parker claims that it was Max George who sat down the group and told them he wanted to break up.

“It was a shock. None of the rest of us had a clue. At the time it was difficult. There can be tension but we’re lads. There’ll be a lot of shouting, then it’s over and done with.”

Even though they’ve been defunct for over a year now, Tom also opened up about how the group didn’t stand a chance in the competition against One Direction — and says that he thinks all boy bands have an expiration date.

“Deep down I think I knew we’d come to our sell-by date. For every manufactured boy band, there’s a shelf life. We were supposed to rival 1D but no one could touch them.”

It’s true that One Direction is still going strong! But we are kind of shocked that Max wanted the split, especially because Nathan Sykes is the one seriously focused on his solo career now.