If you were a teen in the early 2000’s, you’re bound to have been a fan of the Sugababes. First forming in 1998, the they were one of the most popular girl groups in the UK and had a string of successful hits which included the likes of Round Round and Freak Like Me.
Despite the range of new members over the band’s 13 year stint, the original line-up included Siobhan Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan and were brought together at just 13 years old.
Siobhan and Mutya were already signed to the same record label as solo artists, however when the pair were booked to perform at the same event, Mutya invited best friend Keisha along – much to the delight of Siobhan and Mutya’s who saw a gap in the market for a new girl group.
The band finally broke up in 2011 with a completely new line-up of members, but what have the three original Sugababes been up to since their departure from the group?
After a seven year stretch with the band, Mutya decided to call it quits in 2005 after giving birth to her daughter, so newbie Amelle Berrabah jumped in to replace her.
In 2007, she decided to go it solo and released her debut album Real Girl, however was later dropped by her label due to poor record sales.
In 2009, Mutya took part in Celebrity Big Brother, however lasted just two weeks after the second eviction; but it was in 2014 when her life took a plummeting dip after being declared bankrupt by the High Court.
Reports claimed she had refused to pay her taxes; however Mutya herself declares that this instance occurred due to an ‘administrative error’.
However, the now 32 year-old is back on track and has recently started her own music agency named Colour of Musiq. She also decided to record a few new solo tracks, which she uploaded to Instagram. Aside from music, Mutya has also secured a number of modelling jobs and aswell as making personal appearances.
Lasting just three years in Sugababes, Siobhan walked out of the group in 2001, after reporting to the media that her reason was to pursue a career in fashion.
This was later claimed to be untrue when it was discovered that she had been diagnosed with clinical depression after being bullied by fellow bandmate Keisha.
Talking to The Independent about her experiences with depression, she said: “I learnt a lot – about how awful people can be.
“But it’s not completely melancholy…It is positive. I was very bitter when I left the Sugababes. But one day I woke up and realised: s*** happens. Get over it. I had enough of dwelling on it and blaming others. I felt I needed to become a better person.”
She also added to The London Paper: “It’s difficult to leave a band and then make sort of a solo career. I left for a very good reason and I’ve never for a second wanted to go back there.”
In discussion with The Guardian she stated: “’It was just never good. Right from the start. We just didn’t get on. We ignored each other and went about our business.
‘It was very much a working relationship and we couldn’t even work at that. You know all those photos of us refusing to smile? I was just really unhappy and I couldn’t be a***d.
The 31-year-old went on to have a solo career, but with very little success, so decided to turn her attention to the stage. In 2007, she appeared in the West End production of Rent.
In August of this year, she gave birth to her first child with boyfriend Chris McCoy, in which they named their new-born son Ford Charles McCoy.
The final original member Keisha was forced to leave Sugababes in 2009 after reports announced she had also bullied Siobhan’s replacement, Heidi Range. Whilst Keisha had claimed it was her own decision to leave, the media presumed she had been sacked for her behaviour and was later replaced by final Sugababes member and Eurovision star Jade Ewan.
In a statement at the time, Keisha declared:
‘I’m sad to say that I am no longer a part of the Sugababes … Although it was not my choice to leave, it’s time to enter a new chapter in my life … I would like to state that there were no arguments, bullying or anything of the sort that lead to this. Sometimes a breakdown in communication and lack of trust can result in many different things.’
After leaving the girl group, Keisha began to record a new solo album, however this was abandoned due to other plans to re-form with past band members Siobhan and Mutya for new projects.