The Wanted claim the only time they've met fellow British boyband One Direction in America was when both bands were at a massage parlour.

The groups have both returned from successful promotional tours in the US, sparking a re-emergence of the ‘British Invasion’ tag.

But when asked if the two bands had met up, The Wanted’s Tom Parker revealed they’d encountered the fellow five-piece at an unexpected location.

“We only saw them once when we bumped into them at a massage parlour,” he laughed during an interview with BBC Radio One. “It was in the smallest unused rehearsal space and they were literally next door. So we went and said ‘hi’.”

The Wanted - made up of Tom, Max George, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes - and One Direction - comprising of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan - have achieved chart success during their time in America. The Wanted’s Glad You Came peaked at number three and One Direction’s debut album Up All Night topped the Billboard Album Chart.

When asked why they’d had such an impact on America, The Wanted’s youngest member Nathan admitted it was a great time for pop music.

“We had a really good team in Def Jam Records, and it was just the right time,” acknowledged Nathan. “One Direction were over at the same time and it just turned into a British Invasion.”

“Pop music was quite popular so it was quite an easy transition,” Tom added.