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‘Looking back,’ Siobhán says, ‘there was a lot of divide and conquer going on. They saw us as interchangeable — it was all about the band, not the individuals, and that’s not good for your self-esteem.’ ‘We were home-schooled,’ Mutya adds, ‘and that created a lot of pressure. Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath were both embroiled in court cases about the use of the brand name without certain founder musicians involved, and when 1960s soul duo Sam & Dave split up, Dave toured with a brand-new Sam — though the only people who complained were the ticket-buying public.
The adult world around us wanted to manage the environment and make it a business, and maybe forgot we were young and our happiness was important. But when a version of Fleetwood Mac set out in 1973 without a single original member in its line-up, m’learned friends soon pulled the plug. Through her long tenure in the band, Keisha retains some rights to the group name but chose not to state her case.
From left: Mutya wears jumper, £190, House of Holland (uk). Siobhán wears top, £380, Simone Rocha at Dover Street Market. Shoes, £640, Nicholas Kirkwood (nicholaskirkwood.com)Mutya wears top, £185, Equipment at Shoes, £640, Nicholas Kirkwood (nicholaskirkwood.com). The two gemstones on her collarbone are attached with ‘implants’, metal plates embedded beneath the skin.
Skirt, £420, Simone Rocha at Dover Street Market (020 7518 0680). The message is fairly clear: she has drive, belief and intense commitment — all of which might come in handy as she’s now sitting in a Camden rehearsal studio with two former sworn enemies, Siobhán Donaghy, 29, and Keisha Buchanan, 28.
Sometimes I get bad rashes and eczema and I was sitting there with my hoodie up to cover my face… So I left.’ Keisha’s four years since leaving the band have been filled with the gradual, tentative assembly of Mutya Keisha Siobhán, the news of their evolution artfully drip-fed via Twitter and Instagram by the girls themselves. Take your time and remember talent never dies.’ Would she let her daughter go into this business?
‘I think we’ve made a BANGER people #studio with @devhynes,’ Keisha tweeted when they’d finally finished the album.
I’ve interviewed countless acts who claimed their relationship was as good as it ever was — Bananarama and the Backstreet Boys among them — but this is something else: a group that never got on in the first place who seem to have kissed and made up.
Sugababes was put together by All Saints manager Ron Tom in 1998; Mutya and Siobhán were joined by the former’s best friend Keisha, when all three of them were 13.
They’re back together, even though their time in the Sugababes was so famously fractious it made The Supremes look like one big hen party.‘It’s our decision and we don’t need the name,’ Keisha declares, adding with a hollow laugh that there was a richly ironic interview with Mutya when she was 16.When asked why they’d called the group the Sugababes, she said, ‘Well, we’re not going to call it Mutya Keisha Siobhán as that’d be !They step up to their microphones, they move in sync, they harmonise, they swap wide-eyed sideways looks of delight.
Their backing band fires up the riff to Gary Numan’s ‘Are Friends Electric?
‘I took that responsibility very seriously,’ she says pointedly.