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will.i.am: 'Stop spreading false Black Eyed Peas split rumours'

Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am has urged gossip bloggers to stop spreading false rumours alleging the band is heading for a break-up.

The I Gotta Feeling hitmakers announced in July (11) they were taking a hiatus following the end of their recent world tour, although the singers assured fans the extended career break did not spell the end of the group.

The split claims resurfaced this week (begs03Oct11) following the news that the Black Eyed Peas would no longer be part of the line-up at Saturday's (08Oct11) Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales due to "unavoidable circumstances" - but frontman will.i.am has taken to Twitter.com to insist the latest reports are inaccurate.

In a post on Thursday (06Oct11), he writes, "Why do people listen to rumors...Me and (bandmate apl.de.ap) created the peas...so...from the creators mouth (sic)...We are not breaking up...stop the rumors."