Australian pop music duo Savage Garden, with global sales of 20 million records in four years, have split.
Band member Darren Hayes will embark on a solo career and Daniel Jones, preferring life outside the public eye, has returned home to Brisbane, where the two first met through an advertisement in a local music magazine.
“We achieved something so great in a short period of time that we had to look for something else,” Jones said on Friday.
“We’ve both had a lot of success together. We’ll probably have a lot of success independently in the future.”
Savage Garden’s single “Truly, Madly, Deeply” topped America’s Billboard Hot 100 hits chart in 1998 and won a Billboard Music Award for adult contemporary single of the year.
Last year, their single “I Knew I Loved You” topped the Billboard Hot 100.
The band emerged on the Australian music scene in 1996 and a year later won a record 10 ARIAs, the domestic music industry’s most prestigious award.