"We have been working together as Destiny's Child since we were 9, and touring together since we were 14," Knowles, Rowland and Williams said in a collective statement to MTV. "After a lot of discussion and some deep soul searching, we realized that our current tour has given us the opportunity to leave Destiny's Child on a high note, united in our friendship and filled with an overwhelming gratitude for our music, our fans, and each other."
Currently, they are performing across Europe and will launch the North American leg of their tour in St. Louis on July 9. Their final concert is slated for Sept. 10 in Vancouver, Canada, after which the "Bootylicious" group will retire the name and concentrate individually on movie, music, live theater and TV careers.
As for the 13th annual ESPY Awards, nominations be announced June 24. Fans vote for the winners in all categories recognizing major sports achievements, performers and moments of the past year.
Actor Matthew Perry will serve as show host. He, too, made news this week, breaking up with his longtime girlfriend, former fashion student Rachel Dunn, PEOPLE reports.
"There was no drama involved (in the breakup), just a commitment by Matthew to stay focused on his sobriety," says a source close to the couple. The 35-year-old former Friends star has publicly battled addiction to both alcohol and prescription painkillers in the past.
Perry's publicist, Lisa Kasteler, declined to comment on reports of the split.