We are still not over the Jonas Brothers breaking up and now it looks like another one of our favorite family bands have called it quits, at least for now.

Fans noticed something weird was going on with the band R5 as earlier this week they posted a pic of the group taking a bow on stage with no caption and all the members had R5 taken out of their social media handles. It gave us eerie vibes that it represented a final bow. Today, all traces of R5 photos from the account were deleted and the handles for Instagram and Twitter were all switched over from OfficialR5 to the name The Driver Era. So what exactly is going on?

Ross Lynch posted a photo of a handwritten letter to the band’s Instagram story to give a little clarity. “First off, I would like to ease your mind by saying ‘this is not the end.’ After all we are family and there really is no escaping each other. I’m sure you’ve now heard of the new project called The Driver Era, and honestly I couldn’t be more excited for you to hear what we’ve been cooking up.”

The letter goes on to thank fans for their support and encourage them to continue to support this new project. R5 consisted of siblings Ross, Riker, Rydel & Rocky Lynch as well as family friend Ellington Ratliff. The band signed to Hollywood Records in 2012 and released two albums and two EPs with the label. It looks like Ross sent new merch and a letter to longtime R5 fans encouraging them to check out The Driver Era as well.


Hopefully more details drop soon as to which members of R5 are part of The Driver Era and what their music will sound like. In the meantime, it seems like the group are keeping busy as Riker is working on a talk show and Rydel launched a clothing line!

What do you think of R5’s breakup for now and what do you think of The Driver Era?