The Wanted's Max George has just become one of the most wanted in the group. The cheeky boy bander has announced that he's back on the market.
The singer has split from his longtime girlfriend, British soap actress Michelle Keegan. In a statement, his rep said that he and Keegan, who stars on the show "Coronation Street," had split even before a photo of the singer kissing another girl in a club appeared on the Internet last week. "[Max] and Michelle are no longer together. They have been separated for a number of weeks, but hoped to keep this a private matter," his rep said in a statement via MTV News U.K. Her rep added, "I can confirm that the relationship has recently ended."
They began dating in December 2010 and became engaged in April of the following year when he popped the question on her birthday. The pair broke off their engagement in April, citing busy schedules as a cause.
When those photos of George kissing another lady started making waves last week, Keegan came to his defense, never implying that the two had already gone their separate ways.
"He even gets kissed when I'm with him," she said. "I don't mind. When you go out with someone in one of the biggest boy bands in Britain, you have to expect this sort of thing."
These days, George is quite busy. The Wanted are finishing up their next album. His bandmate, Tom Parker, tweeted last week that the guys are nearing the end on this next release. "Yo yo yo people! Today is a very important day. The day we decide tracks for the album. I'm extremely excited," he shared last Thursday, adding that a new track would be out "very soon."