Original Sugababes reunite as ‘Mutya Keisha Siobhan’ | Music News

Following years of notorious member changes since forming in 1998, the original three members of top-selling UK girl group Sugababes have finally reunited – under the new name, Mutya Keisha Siobhan.

The endearing urban pop teens first made their mark with their catchy Top 10-charting debut single “Overload,” released in 2000. Following the debut album, One Touch, Siobhan Donaghy left the trio in 2001 and was replaced by former Atomic Kitten singer Heidi Range in the first of many member-changes to ensue.

Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan eventually followed Siobhan out of the group over the next decade whilst Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen were ushered in, until the ever-changing Sugababes act [with seven albums and global multi-platinum success to its name] contained an all-new line up with none of its original members.

Rumours of rivalry between the groups original members and their replacements circled for years, alongside word that the original lineup were planning to take back their name and get back together.

Now officially back together with new music on the way, original Sugababes Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan talk to PopJustice about reuniting, their excitement over the new music they’re working on, Keisha’s response to the ‘other’ Sugababes line-up – and what would happen if the band was to ever break up again.

Read some interview excerpts below – and more importantly, stay tuned for new music from the ladies.

ON REUNITING:

Keisha: back in 2009 I was contacted by the girls through my lawyer, and they were kind of like, ‘do you want to meet up?’. We all met up. I’d only been out of the band for three months and I’d just had enough of girlbands. I’d had enough of the WHOLE THING… Anyway, basically, they contacted me and we sat together and I actually really wanted to see the girls. Me meeting up with them was more about me wanting to see them than actually thinking about getting the band back together. Because like I say it was only three months after I’d left the Sugababes. So we decided not to do it.

And then last year, in 2011, we were contacted by a producer. He put it to us: he said, “let’s record a few tracks and then see”. And we did. And we loved it.

Siobhan: He actually called me which was weird because I’d never worked with him before… And I said I’d only do it if it was with the other girls. (Firmly) I didn’t want to do another project on my own.

Keisha: We basically said, “yes, but we want to do it on our own terms”.

Siobhan: We didn’t want anyone to organise it for us. We wanted to steer the ship ourselves, which is what we did … For me, it’s the first time in years that I’ve been excited about even attempting a music project. I’m super-excited.

ON THE ‘OTHER’ LINE UP:

Keisha: Basically, I can’t say too much about it – legally I’ve been told I can’t speak about it. But what I will say is that when everyone else found out I wasn’t in the group is pretty much when I found out. I will say that we had a great relationship, me and the girls; I’ve never had an argument with Amelle in my life.

I was really shocked by the things that they were saying because I’d always been there for them, and they were there for me as well… But, you move on, and you learn, and I learned valuable life lessons during that period… I feel like everything has gone full circle and right now I’m exactly where I’m meant to be. And I genuinely wish them the best of luck.

I know people are always going to say, “oh, you’ve got to say that”… To be honest with you I was very hurt and disappointed and I did feel betrayed by the whole thing. But I feel like when you don’t forgive people and when you’re very bitter it’s not really doing anything for you. But I’m in a great place, and that’s all I care about. Onwards and upwards.

Read the rest of the interview at PopJustice.