Sugababes: l-r. Amelle, Keisha, Heidi
In a shocking new twist, it is confirmed that Keisha Buchanan has left the Sugababes and has been replaced by Jade Ewen. Here’s an official statement from the Sugababe’s website:
Monday 21st September
The current line-up of the Sugababes has disbanded.
Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah will continue as the Sugababes and
will be joined by new member Jade Ewen. They release their album
‘Sweet 7’ on November 23rd through Island Records.
Keisha Buchanan will continue to record for Island Records as a solo artist.
Keisha addressed her departure from the group via Twitter:
Dear Friends I’m sad to say that I am no longer apart of the Sugababes.
I’ve had a great time and have achieved more then I ever thought I would.
Although it was not my choice to leave, it’s time to enter a new chapter in my life
I have nothing but positive things to say about the girls and I wish them the best of luck.
I would like to state that there were no arguments, bullying or anything of the sort that lead to this.
Sometimes a break down in communication and lack of trust can result in many different things.
I would also like to point out that I have always supported the girls and they have also supported me.
Remember my drunk pictures out with Amelle, supporting her on her success with Tinchy Stryder… Oh the shame… But what a fun night we had
Now I’m going to take some time to focus on me. I’ve been in this band for 11 years and I have achieved so much.
I have a great family and friends who are behind me 100% and at the age of 24, I’m now going out into this world on my own…
Although im nervous… I’m still very excited on what lies ahead. :-)
I want to thank the Sugababes fans and my fans for all your support and all who have never judged me, but excepted me for who I am…The feisty, funny, professional, fearless, motor mouth… lol
This is not the end… but the beginning!!!!
Thank you always… Keisha xxx
Jade had signed a huge solo deal with Geffen Records, but felt she would have a more secure future with Sugababes who have had six UK No1 singles.
Former members Siobhan and MUTYA BUENA quit after problems with Keisha. However Mutya also took a pop at Heidi after hearing the news.
She Tweeted: “It all started so innocentl… a love for music and a dream… look what its become. RIP. “I will say this publicly… shame on Heidi for not following Keisha out. But doesn’t surprise me a bit. x” (thesun.co.uk)
News of the World editor Dan Wootten has spoken via Twitter about what’s been going on behind the scenes:
HUGE BREAKING NEWS: KEISHA WILL LEAVE THE SUGABABES. JADE EWEN WILL REPLACE HER. SHE HAD NO IDEA.
KEISHA DID NOT KNOW WHEN I SPOKE TO HER ON SATURDAY. SHE ONLY FOUND OUT THIS EVENING.
I HAVE SPOKEN TO KEISHA. SHE’S OK.
Keisha was booted out of her own band. She is the voice of this band. I feel her treatment has been DISGUSTING. She did EVERYTHING she could.
The Sugababes management were auditioning members and re–recording the album in LA this week BEHIND KEISHA’S BACK. WTF???
She reached out to both Amelle and Heidi. Attempted to find out how she could change to make this work. She had never been cautioned before.
Keisha was told that Amelle is now the Sugababes. How deluded is that? She’s the voice of the band, she wrote the songs. This is WRONG.
I can report Island Records have bn supportive of Keisha. That’s the good news. This was driven by Heidi, Amelle and the band’s management.
Keisha stayed in LA to try and work this out. She was prepared to make compromises to the girls so the line-up could stay in tact.
I must stress Keisha was NOT lying to me on Saturday evening when she said Jade was not joining the band. She did not know at that point.
The management didn’t want a member who could speak for herself and would not be muzzled. That does NOT make her a bully. I know that.
I believe management were not happy with my interview with Keisha telling the TRUTH about Amelle’s disappearance – http://tinyurl.com/pg47w3
Keisha caught the plane to LA with Heidi. They kissed at the airport. But Heidi did NOT stick up for her after all these years.
Keisha is best mates with Leona Lewis. We all know Leona would not be friend with a bully, no way.
Keisha stayed the night at Amelle’s house just three weeks ago. Why would you let your ‘bully’ stay the night?
Best thing Keisha said to me tonight is that she’s now going to change her hairstyle because she won’t get in trouble for doing so!
She’s a liberated woman now. She’s been in this band since she was 12! So now she feels she can start living a little. Good on her!