2001 saw Steps release their greatest hits album, Steps Gold.
They also did a Gold UK tour to promote the album.
But it was a quieter year overall for the band.
Teen pop groups were no longer doing as well in the charts as at the end of the 1990s, and rumours started flying that Steps would soon be no more.
Finally, on 26 December, the band announced that they were splitting, so they could go their separate ways.
The band said: "We have always said that when the time came, we would leave as good friends and go out while we were on top."