Abz Love

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Abz Love
Abs 5ive (1).jpg
Abz in 2010
Background information
Birth name Richard Abidin Breen
Also known as Abz, Abs Breen, Abs
Born (1979-06-29) 29 June 1979 (age 36)
Enfield, London, England
Genres Pop, R&B, hip hop, dance, disco, funk
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer, DJ
Instruments Turntables, sampler
Years active 1997–present
Labels Loved Up Records
Associated acts Five, Scott Robinson

Richard Abidin Breen (born 29 June 1979), better known as Abz Love (previously Abs Breen) or simply Abz, is an English singer, rapper, dancer, producer and DJ. He has sold over 20 million records as a member and lead singer of boy band Five.[1] In 2003, he released his debut solo album Abstract Theory, which earned him a further three top ten hits.[2]

Early life[edit]

Abz was born in Enfield, London to a Turkish father, Turan Sanveren, and an Irish mother, Katherine Breen, and raised on a council estate in Hackney, East London.[3][4] He attended the Italia Conti Stage School[5] where his teacher suggested he audition for a boy band that was being put together by Simon Cowell. He was chosen along with four other boys to be part of internationally successful boy band Five.


1997–2001: Career with Five[edit]

During his Five days, Abz rapped in the middle of their songs. Five enjoyed worldwide success but disbanded on 27 September 2001. After Five split up, Love became the only band member to release a solo album, Abstract Theory, and had three Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart. Five reunited in 2012 and are featured in the 2013 ITV2 reality series The Big Reunion. On the show, Abz revealed that he was the only member of the band who was against splitting up; he described his bandmates' decision as taking something away from him.

2002–2011: Debut album, name change and EP[edit]

Love in 2010

In November 2002, Abz went to Australia for the major pop festival Rumba! and performed on stage with boy band Blue. About a year after the breakup, he enjoyed a brief but fairly successful solo career, releasing the album Abstract Theory in 2003, which produced three top 10 singles in the UK. He was also invited onto BBC Three show Celebrity Scissorhands to receive a manicure from former bandmate Scott Robinson.

He changed his stage name from Abs to Abz Love in June 2008. In a January 2013 Radio 1 interview, Abz stated that he changed from Abs because "[he] got a bit annoyed with everyone referencing the six-pack". Abz later started his Loveupgang project and spent time creating an EP called "Loved Up".

2012–14: 5ive reunion and Celebrity Big Brother[edit]

On 18 October 2012, it was revealed via Twitter that Five would be taking part in an ITV2 documentary series called The Big Reunion, which would air some time in 2013,[6]

In January 2013 it was reported that the group were looking to find a new member to replace J Brown,[7] and they were also having disagreement over the group's name.[8] The fourth episode of The Big Reunion featured Five auditioning three hopefuls to become the new fifth member of the band, though plans for a fifth member have now been dropped and Five performed as a four-piece at the Hammersmith Apollo concert on 26 February 2013, where they were joined by Blue.[9]

On 22 August 2013, Abz entered the Celebrity Big Brother 12 House. Whilst in the House, he revealed that he has Asperger syndrome.[10] On 13 September, he was announced as the runner-up, behind Charlotte Crosby.[11]

In March 2014 it was rumoured that Love had quit the group, but at the time they denied it.[12][13]

Love eventually announced that he had left the group in August 2014 via Twitter, without telling the other members beforehand.[14] In an interview a few days before the announcement, Love revealed that he only agreed to reunite with the group in 2012 because of financial necessity.[15]

Country Strife: Abz on the Farm[edit]

In late 2013, Abz and his partner Vicky moved from London and Lincolnshire to rural Mid-Wales, and bought a smallholding. The couple learnt about farming from their neighbours, which was turned into a reality television show Country Strife: Abz on the Farm, which aired on BBC Two in summer 2015.[16][17]

On 8 September 2015, Abz put the Brit Award he won with 5ive in 2000 on eBay, with the intention of gaining some money to buy soil for his farm. The bidding started off at just 99p, before climbing and climbing to eventually reach over £1 million. However, the auction was terminated 24 hours before the auction ended, so it appears to have been a publicity stunt.[18]

Personal life[edit]

After 5ive split up, Abz later admitted in various interviews following the band's reunion that he had taken the break-up hard. This had resulted in him taking drugs, becoming dependent on alcohol, turning to self harm, and after signing a deal with a rogue agent where in dispute he was arrested by the police, eventually being declared bankrupt. He credits his partner Vicky Fallon with saving him, after moving to rural Lincolnshire with her.[19]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Abstract Theory 29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of albums
Title Album details
Loved Up
  • Released: 30 August 2011
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD, digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Single Year Peak chart positions Album
"What You Got" 2002 4 33 35 13 37 7 40 1 Abstract Theory
"Shame" 64 35
"Stop Sign" 2003 10 56 2
"Miss Perfect"
(featuring Nodesha)
5 21 2
"7 Ways"
(featuring Eve Bicker)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Single Year Peak chart positions Album
"Lost for Words" 2002 4 Abstract Theory
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MTV. "Abs Breen". Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ O'Callaghan, Bren (8 September 2003). "Abs Abstract Theory Review". BBC. Retrieved 19 September 2011 
  3. ^ Hurriyet. "Five grubunun Türk yıldızı". Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Netter, Matt (1999). Five: A Biography. Pocket Books. p. 65. ISBN 0671036394. 
  5. ^ Italia Conti. "Celebrating 100 Years: 1911-2011" (PDF). Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Scott Robinson on Twitter". Twitter. 
  7. ^ "Boy band 5ive hunting for new member". MSN. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "5ive post plea for fifth member on Facebook ahead of reunion 12 years after parting ways". Metro News. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "'Big Reunion' stars return to the stage at Hammersmith Apollo - pictures". Digital Spy. 27 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "'I've got this condition...it's called Asperger's': Abz makes a shock Diary Room confession in Celebrity Big Brother". Daily Mail. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Rob Leigh. "Celebrity Big Brother 2013 winner is Charlotte Crosby: Geordie Shore star wins CBB - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  12. ^ McGarry, Lisa (18 March 2014). "Splitting? Abz Love leaves 5ive as band loses manager". Unreality TV. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Heath, Olivia (20 March 2014). "Celebrity Gossip Big Reunion's 5ive deny Abz rumours, confirm only 3 will perform on tour". Reveal. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "5ive's Abz Love shocks bandmates by quitting - on Twitter". Reveal. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "INTERVIEW : Abz (5ive)". auspOp. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  16. ^ Kathryn Williams (20 May 2015). "Former Five star Abz swaps the stage for a farm in Wales in new BBC Two show". walesonline. 
  17. ^ "5ive's Abz Love and girlfriend Vicky Fallon to star in own TV show". Reveal. Nat Mags. 
  18. ^ Eleftheriou-Smith, Loulla-Mae (9 September 2015). "Abz from 5ive can't believe his Brit Award has raised more than £1m on eBay: 'All I needed was a bit of soil and it's gone nuts'". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "5ive's Abz Love turned to drink, drugs & self-harm after band split". Reveal. 
  20. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - Abz Love". The Official Charts Company. 3 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "Chartifacts - Wednesday 14th November 2012". ARIA Charts. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "Ultratop Discografie". Ultratop.be/nl/. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "Discography on Ireland". Irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  24. ^ "Dutch chart history". charts.org. Dutch Singles Chart / Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  25. ^ "Chart history: New Zealand". charts.org. New Zealand Singles Chart / Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  26. ^ "Swedish Singles Charts". Sverigetopplistan Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  27. ^ a b "Ukrainian Chart - ABS". FDR. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 

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