The Wanted have cancelled their mainland European tour dates for 2014.

The boy band - which includes Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes - apologised to disappointed fans and put the sudden move down to ''unforeseeable changes''.

On their official website they wrote: ''To all our fans in mainland Europe, we're really sorry but due to some unforeseeable changes in our scheduling, we're having to cancel our European tour dates in February/March.''

Despite cancelling dates in arenas in Paris, Munich and Amsterdam among others, the band are still going ahead with their UK and US dates.

They continued: ''Rest assured all tickets are refundable, and we do hope to see you again really soon! The UK, Ireland & US legs of the tour are not affected. Thanks for your ongoing support. Lots of love, The Wanted xx.''

The news comes following Max's departure from their US tour gigs which they claimed was down to an ''urgent family matter''.