S Club has denied reports that Hannah Spearritt has been “left out” from her upcoming reunion tour.
In February, the seven-piece pop group S Club 7, responsible for hits like “Don’t Stop Movin’,” announced plans to reform and release new music together for the first time in 20 years.
All seven members who originally performed together from 1998 to 2003 were involved: Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens.
However, following the death of band member Cattermole in April, singer Hannah Spearritt announced that she would not be continuing the arena tour. Spearritt and Cattermole had previously been in the band together.
The remaining five members decided to continue the sold-out 15-day tour, now dubbed S Club, with Lee saying in a recent interview that Spearritt was “always welcome” to join them.
Reports surfaced Sunday night (July 30) that Spearritt – who will be releasing her first memoir in the fall – had in fact been banned from the tour.
Accordingly The sunSpearritt told close friends that she was “taken by surprise” by the tour announcement, adding that the band members were “ordered not to speak to her directly”.
On Monday (31 July) the five members of the S Club appeared on ITV’s daytime programme This morning. During the interview, they were asked about the anonymous source’s reports.
Lee quickly wrapped it up, saying, “Anytime an article starts with ‘a source said,’ take that with a grain of salt.”
“Who was the source?” Barrett asked, and Lee continued, “The only thing they got right is we do a 15-day tour across the country.”
When host Jodie Gibson asked Lee to say again if the door was open for Spearritt, he replied, “We’ve said that many times.”
His bandmates agreed, with Barrett declaring, “The article is nonsense.”
“We’re doing a lot of things in 2024 so you never know what’s going to happen in the future,” O’Meara added.
The Independent asked Spearritt for comment.
Last week, S Club released their first single in two decades, titled “These Are The Days.” The title serves as a tribute to their “former friend” and “beloved” bandmate Cattermole, who died of natural causes.
The Brit Award-winning band embark on their sell-out tour in October, renamed S Club: The Good Times Tour in honor of Cattermole and the song he sang on lead.