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Arguably one of the most famous moments in pop history, Geri Halliwell's foray on stage at the 1997 Brit Awards in a Union Jack minidress (fashion from a tea towel by her sister) was unforgettable.

Arguably one of the most famous moments in pop history, Geri Halliwell's foray on stage at the 1997 Brit Awards in a Union Jack minidress (fashion from a tea towel by her sister) was unforgettable.

The Spice Girls' last album was released in 2000

The Spice Girls' last album was released in 2000

Kian Egan challenged pop mogul Simon Cowell over claims Westlife were "the ugliest" boyband he had worked with.

Kian Egan challenged pop mogul Simon Cowell over claims Westlife were "the ugliest" boyband he had worked with.

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Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams of Take That perform onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)...E

The BRIT Awards 2011 - Show Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams of Take That perform onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)...E

Beyonce and her bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland

Beyonce and her bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland

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Arguably one of the most famous moments in pop history, Geri Halliwell's foray on stage at the 1997 Brit Awards in a Union Jack minidress (fashion from a tea towel by her sister) was unforgettable.

Zayn Malik's leaving One Direction shocked millions of fans, but he's not the first to start a rift and leave superstardom.

1995: Robbie Williams leaves Take That

Take That were at the height of their fame in the '90s when Robbie decided he could take no more. Robbie left the band shortly after 'Never Forget' was released following disagreements with management and band members.

Take That continued as a foursome and released cover version 'How Deep Is Your Love' before they decided to call it a day.

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Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams of Take That perform onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)...E

The BRIT Awards 2011 - Show Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams of Take That perform onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)...E

The BRIT Awards 2011 - Show Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams of Take That perform onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)...E

 

He went onto enjoy a hugely successful solo career, eclipsing that of bandmate Gary Barlow with songs such as 'Feel', 'Millennium' and 'Rock DJ'.

Fast forward to 2010, Robbie's solo career was on the wane and Take That reunited. In 2013 Robbie joined his former band on stage for a tour, and sat on the couch with former bandmate Gary Barlow during his turn on X Factor.

 

1999: Geri Halliwell leaves the Spice Girls

Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice's decision to leave the biggest girlband of all time stunned fans and critics alike. Since bursting onto the scene in 1997, she enjoyed unheardof international success for any female group during that time.

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The Spice Girls' last album was released in 2000

The Spice Girls' last album was released in 2000

The Spice Girls' last album was released in 2000

 

She launched a solo career in 1999 with three number one singles, but much like her predecessors, her success was short lived. She has released three albums, her last in 2005.

The Spice Girls continued on as a foursome, before eventually calling it a day in 2000. They reunited for a 2007-2008 special tour and later during the 2012 Olympics in London.

 

2004: Brian McFadden leaves Westlife

Their love wasn't Unbreakable. Brian decided to leave Ireland's biggest boyband (possibly ever) as they were approaching the height of their fame. He left the group to pursue solo projects. And unlike the others on this list, the band only grew stronger after a member left.

Brian's solo career enjoyed short term success, while Westlife bounced back with  a number one album and single with You Raise Me Up from Face to Face.  They remained close, but Kian explained they had performed as a foursome "for too long" to welcome McFadden back.

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Kian Egan challenged pop mogul Simon Cowell over claims Westlife were "the ugliest" boyband he had worked with.

Kian Egan challenged pop mogul Simon Cowell over claims Westlife were "the ugliest" boyband he had worked with.

Kian Egan challenged pop mogul Simon Cowell over claims Westlife were "the ugliest" boyband he had worked with.

 

They eventually called it a day in 2011 after releasing a greatest hits album and performing a sell-out farewell tour.

 

2000: Everyone leaves Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child started off as a childhood foursome including Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. The girls had been together since they were children, but cited difficulty working Beyonce's father, manager Matthew Knowles as the reason for the split.

After two years of mainstream success, however, Luckett and Roberson left the band. They were soon replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. Soon after, again, Franklin departed the group.

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Beyonce and her bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland

Beyonce and her bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland

Beyonce and her bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland

 

The group performed as a trio and Beyonce now walks the earth as a goddess among women.


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