They knew they needed to enjoy the ride while it lasted

LAWRENCE MURPHY: A worthy alternative to roasties?

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JLS’ decision to go their own ways opened the door to a raft of drab, feeble gags about other acronym-based commodities or weaselly remarks about their future careers.

A few years back I recorded a radio interview with the group. They were four normal fellas who totally understood that they were on a lucky free ticket that wasn’t going to last forever, but whilst it did they were going to enjoy the ride.

Humble, friendly and appreciative.

I’d imagine the pain and embarrassment of the witticisms and comments on Twitter are somewhat easier to manage when (at the age of 26) you’ve got an array of international awards and a nice tidy £5m in your current account though.