Boy Band Heartthrob Siva Kaneswaran Is Set to Go Solo

by Gabby Bess / photographed by Amar Daved / art directed by Akmal Shaukat
Siva wears a top  by Burberry Prorsum and necklaces by Topman.

With a model-perfect smile and good-natured laugh, former boy-band member Siva Kaneswaran says three little words that would bring the Wanted's legions of fans to tears: "This is it." He's talking about the popular UK band's farewell tour -- their last group effort before they all go their separate ways after May 17. Ultimately, he blames the stress of the Wanted's E! reality TV show for causing the band to fall apart. "It kind of showed the true colors of some of the members. Old wounds were reopened. I just hated it," Kaneswaran admits. But the breakup is far from a career setback for the swoon-worthy 25-year-old singer.

After the initial shock of the band's split, Kaneswaran is ready to enjoy the single life -- musically, anyway. (In real life, he's busy planning his upcoming Great Gatsby-themed wedding to designer Nareesha McCaffrey.) "It's like a relationship," he explains. "We were in each other's pockets for like four years. So when [the breakup was announced] I had to sit with it for like a day. Then I was like, 'You know what? This is going to be really exciting.'" He now plans to do what any bachelor would. "I just want to go crazy," he says. "I have to play a role in the band. I have to be 'that guy' and sing and do the usual dance, the air grabs--" He punctuates his sentence by reaching up into the air and pulling down with a fist, a signature boy-band move a la *NSYNC. "Now I can do what I want."

Siva wears an outfit by Dsquared2, boots by Alexander McQueen

And what does Kaneswaran want to do? "I'll take something like Lionel Richie or Earth Wind & Fire and mix that with something new, like Coldplay," he says of his solo sound. A debut album is expected later this year, but in the meantime he says, "I want to work with everyone. It doesn't matter who it is -- I'll feature on everyone's track."

Stylist: Chris Preston

Makeup: Terry Barber at David Evans Artists using MAC Cosmetics / Hair: Ernesto Montenovo at Phamous Artists using Kerastase.

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