Where Are The Busted Band Members Now And What They Are Doing

Little has changed but they live under water

Broken. THE boyband of the early 2000s, unless you’re a McFly fan. Creators of some of the most iconic pop hits of the year 2000, like Year 3000 and Air Hostess, and soundtracks to almost every elementary school nightclub. But they never reached the mythical seventh album promised by the year 3000, and went their separate ways after just five years, giving girls everywhere their first taste of heartbreak.

Rumors of a comeback began in 2014 when band 2/3 James Bourne and Matt Willis reunited with McFly to form supergroup McBusted – the 2000s crossover we didn’t know we needed. And fans ended up having their prayers answered with a brief reunion between 2016 and 2019 that saw two new albums and an arena tour. But it just wasn’t quite the same and before long Busted almost disappeared into the ether.

Here’s what the members of iconic 2000s boy band Busted did after the split and where they are now:

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Busted front man aka the one everyone loved. King of eyebrows and frosted tips. Charlie was also said to have been the reason for the band’s split in 2005, with rumors that he led a double life playing with Busted by day while attending rehearsals for new band Fightstar by night. Juicy.

Charlie continued making music with Fightstar after the split, releasing four solo albums and creating his own record label.

He was the only member of the group not to return for the McBusted collab with McFly in 2014, further fueling rumors of a feud with his ex-bandmates. However, he was part of their comeback a year later.

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Now 36, he is married with two children and is about to embark on a solo tour. More importantly, his latest music video shows him swapping the frosted tips for a man bun.

James Bourne

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James Bourne was the band’s chief songwriter, the man behind many of Busted’s most memorable songs.

It’s perhaps no surprise that since Busted ended, he’s been busy writing songs for many other well-known artists. He co-wrote credits on McFly’s first four albums, wrote most of the songs for McBusted, and provided songs for artists including Mel C, The Saturdays, The Vamps, and 5SOS.

Since 2018, James, now 38, has been in a relationship with YouTuber Emily Canham, who announced in her latest vlog that she was preparing to move into her Los Angeles home. A childhood fan of Busted, she’s basically living every fangirl’s dream.

Matt Willis

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Matt Willis is recognizable by his signature hair, which was never the same from one performance to the next, from the bleached buzzcut to the classic 2000s spiky hair to the slightly questionable bangs.

These days, he seems to have toned it down a bit with the looks on his Instagram, where he regularly posts cute selfies with his wife, The Voice presenter Emma Willis.

Matt had a successful year after the Busted split, competing on Celebrity Masterchef and being crowned King of the Jungle in I’m A Celeb. Since then he has also become an actor: he had a brief stint in Eastenders and currently stars in Waitress in the West End.

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