Jade Ewen has admitted that the Sugababes stopped working together around two years ago but have been lying to fans about their status ever since.
The former Eurovision star revealed that her working relationship with fellow band members Amelle Berrabah and Heidi Range “fizzled out” in 2011 and told Digital Spy that she can’t stand the deception any longer.
Ewen has already been fairly honest about the current lineup of the band, insisting in August of this year that they are “pretty much done”, however Amelle later claimed that plans are afoot and fans should expect the trio to be “getting back together at the end of next year”.
Jade disagrees and had insisted that this is not the case. She revealed that they have split and expressed her unhappiness at the continued lies that are being spread on the matter. Speaking at the National Lottery Stars gala she said:
“This is a tricky one because I don’t feel comfortable lying, saying we’re in the studio recording and we’re going to bring music out next year, which seems to be the favoured line. I think it’s unfair to fans and we should be honest.
“The band being over is definitely not my choice. I kind of was unlucky in that I came in [to Sugababes] towards the end of the cycle when things naturally came to the end.
“There was so much drama surrounding the group, I think the music just got lost. I don’t like all the drama and the negativity. We kind of fizzled out about two years ago.”
The Sugababes were formed in 1998 with founding members Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan. Their debut album, One Touch, was released in 2000 under London Records. Donaghy soon departed from the group, which was later dropped by London. With the introduction of Heidi Range, the Sugababes signed with Island Records and experienced a higher level of commercial success, releasing three multi-platinum albums. The band survived a second line-up change when Buena left and was subsequently replaced by Berrabah. In 2009, after eleven years in the band, Buchanan was replaced by former Eurovision entry Jade Ewen.
Ewen admitted that the constant swapping and changing of the lineup “obviously” led to many of the band’s problems in the end and she continued:
“I do think the lineup changes have obviously got to be a factor, you can’t get away from it. I’d be lying if I didn’t think the same when I was approached. I was like, ‘Is this going to work? Are people going to accept it?’
“But I know it’s a brand and the music industry isn’t necessarily about making music.”
It sounds like Jade was never very sure about joining the band anyway, but decided to take a chance on it when it looked like her solo career was going nowhere. As she faced the possibility of losing yet another record deal, the brunette beauty decided to throw her lot in with the Sugababes and hope for the best and she revealed:
“I had to make a decision – a very difficult decision, because I was about making music and the creativity – when I realised that everybody was only interested in the business and that if I ever wanted to put out music I needed to take an opportunity in the short term.
“I was just trying to survive. I went from Eurovision to being told I had a solo deal to being told, ‘You might be dropped’. I’d already had three deals before that and been dropped and it’s heartbreaking. I basically thought, ‘Alright, I’m going to go for it, see where it takes me’.”
The Sugababes started what they called a hiatus in 2012 to work on a number of solo projects. Range participated in the seventh series of Dancing on Ice, Berrabah worked on solo material and Ewen competed as a contestant on the first series of Splash. As of 2013 their official website has been unavailable.
The three original and founding band members have reunited under the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan and are currently working with stars such as Emeli Sande on new music, which they hope to release later this year.
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