S Club 7’s lives since 2003 split – bankruptcy to racism row and botched surgery

S Club 7’s lives since 2003 split – bankruptcy to racism row and botched surgery

S Club 7 were once a staple of British pop throughout the late 90’s and early 00’s, capturing the hearts of teens and adults alike around the country with their energetic and catchy tunes.

Whether it was delighting us with hits that included Bring It All Back, Reach and Never Had a Dream Come True, or standing out as 90’s style icons, there really was no party, like an S Club party.

First put together in 1998 as part of a BBC television show by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller, the band comprised of seven members, Rachel Stevens, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Paul Cattermole, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, and Hannah Spearritt.

At the height of their fame the seven singers managed to secure four number-one singles and a successful album before Paul decided to part ways with the group in 2002, with the entire band deciding to disband the following year.

Now, however, 25 years since their original debut, the band are in talks to return with a new tour slated to be announced imminently according to Mail Online.

According to the publication "their comeback is expected to be announced to huge fanfare in the coming weeks where they will reveal the details of the reunion,” after Simon reached out to each of the band members in the hopes of marking the milestone with them.

But where are the stars now and what have their lives been like since parting ways?

Rachel Stevens

Easily one of the most successful stars to have come out of the band is Rachel Stevens, now aged 44.

Within weeks of leaving the band, the brunette stunner was offered a six-figure solo record deal, before releasing hit song Sweet Dreams My LA Ex.

During her tenure as a solo artist, Rachel achieved hits at number two and three in the UK singles chart, with tracks such as More More More and Some Girls.

However despite an initially positive debut, sales sadly dwindled following the release of her second album in 2005, bringing her career as a singer to an end.

Outside of her musical career however, Rachel has continued to thrive, with the star even showing off her impressive footwork on the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing, where she only narrowly avoided taking home the glitter ball trophy, after being beaten by Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup.

The singer also showed off her formidable cooking skills on Celebrity Masterchef in 2017 and appeared on Celebrity Mastermind that same year.

Rachel is currently happily married to Alex Bourne, after the couple tied the knot in a Jewish ceremony in 2009.

The pair share two daughters together.

Paul Cattermole

Breaking the hearts of countless fans across the nation in 2002 when he announced he was leaving the band, Paul’s departure stemmed from his struggles to handle his fame and the way things were being run.

"It had got to the point where things were being handled so badly, I had to go," Paul told The Guardian.

Stepping away from the limelight, the star reunited with some old school friends and even formed a new band, Skua, but they soon parted ways in 2003 after failing to secure a record deal.

Taking some time out to focus on himself, Paul later returned to the music scene five years after walking away from S Club, as he, Jo and Bradley began touring holiday camps, universities and nightclubs together under the name S Club 3.

However, despite his reunion of sorts, Paul still struggled to adjust to his life outside of megastardom, and the star later filed for bankruptcy after finding himself in financial difficulty.

In one of his most heartbreaking moments to date, the star even tried to sell his Brit Awards on eBay in 2018 to raise some cash.

Opening up about his financial woes in 2018, he told ITV’s Loose Women that his "mum has helped in a big way this year”.

The star went on to reveal he had been relying on support from his mum since a back injury from his time on the Rocky Horror Picture Show had left him struggling to find work.

In an attempt to gain some money, Paul even revealed he had been toying with the idea of appearing on a reality TV show, but admitted he’d been turned down from appearing on shows such as I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! as he wasn’t considered “famous” enough to take part.

Now, 25 years on since first debuting with the band, and after a rocky few years, Paul's life has completely turned around, with the star even revealing he had left his music roots behind him to pursue a career as a tarot card reader and couldn't be happier doing what he loves.

Working as “an Intuitive Paranormal Investigator” as well as a psychic, clairvoyant and spirit coach, Paul frequently performs readings for members of the public who want to give their lives a full spiritual overhaul, and even prides himself on providing an “uplifting and fun” service that has “empathy and compassion” at it's core.

Jo O’Meara

After showcasing her formidable singing chops with S Club 7, many fans were convinced Jo would go on to enjoy a successful solo career.

However, her debut single in 2005, What Hurts the Most, never made it beyond number 13 in the UK Singles Chart, with her album Relentless, released a short time later also failing to impress.

Hanging up her microphone on any solo music career, she later joined Hollyoaks actor Chris Fountain in 2006 for Just the Two of Us, with the pair performing Never Had a Dream Come True.

She then turned her attention towards reality TV, as she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, in the same year that saw Danielle Lloyd, Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty dominate the headlines.

During her time on the show, Jo became embroiled in accusations of racism again Shilpa, with the star taking to the press to defend herself upon leaving the show.

"I’m not a racist person at all. My cousin is married to an Indian man for one and my cousins are half Indian and their family is with me all the time,” she said at the time.

"I didn’t ever mean it in that way. I'm not a racist person at all. I know that I’m not. I didn't even know I was doing it then, it wasn’t a personal attack on her.”

Setting the controversy behind her, Jo soon moved on from the experience and returned her attention towards a music career once again, after being inspired by helping to bring a dose of sunshine to frontline healthcare workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In April and May 2021, she rereleased unplugged versions of her iconic tracks Don’t Stop Movin’ and Relentless to widespread acclaims, with a second album soon following in August 2021.

From there the star went from strength to strength, as she signed with new management company, Saga Entertainment and even went on to perform at the London Palladium after her rendition of Radiohead track Creep, went viral.

In September 2022 she also joined forces with a number of other celebrities to form The Celebs as they performed a charity rendition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital.

Despite her thriving career success however, Jo's health took a turn in 2022, as the star opened up about her excruciating pain battle, after undergoing emergency surgery on her back.

The operation had initially been to remove a disc from the star’s back and alleviate her pain; but unfortunately complications from the procedure saw her rushed to hospital on multiple occasions as her crippling pain continued.

After having a blood clot removed in December 2022, she has since been recovering well at home.

Hannah Spearitt

After leaving behind her musical career with S Club 7, Hannah opted to turn her attention towards acting, even going so far as to bag roles in Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London and horror movie Seed of Chucky.

Her biggest and most iconic role to date however, was as Abby Maitland in ITV's science-fiction series Primeval – a role she held for five series to critical acclaim, with the star even developing her own dedicated fanbase as a result.

Eagle eyed soap fans may also recall her memorable stint on Eastenders as Kandice Taylor – the younger sister of established character Karen Taylor in 2017.

The star soon began dating partner Adam Thomas, with the pair even trying for a baby together, however sadly Hannah suffered numerous miscarriages in her quest to become a mum.

Persevering however, in 2018 the couple were able to elatedly welcome their first little girl Tayah to the world.

A second child also followed in December 2020, another healthy bundle of joy, this time a daughter named Tora.

Bradley McIntosh

One of the most memorable members of S club 7, Bradley was well known for his trademark smile and cheerful demeanour, something that continued to endure long after he parted ways with the band.

Keen to keep his musical dream alive, Bradley even went on to form another band, Upper Street, which was formed on MTV's Totally Boyband and included members from other disbanded groups such as 911, Steps and Another Level.

Sadly however, they didn’t make it past 35 on the singles chart, leading the group to swiftly fade into boyband obscurity.

Undeterred however, Bradley shifted his focus to working behind the scenes instead and has since written and produced music for JLS and ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena, as well as performing across the UK and Australia with S Club 3 since 2008.

Outside of his glittering showbiz career, Bradley is also a thriving entrepreneur who runs Citiboy Entertainment and is also the Director of a company called Yoghurt Media.

He is also a proud dad to his young son, Kairo, who was born in 2017.

Jon Lee

After his time with S Club 7 came to an end, Jon swapped the glitz and glamour of his popstar career for a return to his theatre roots.

Appearing in everything from Les Miserables to Jersey Boys, the talented star, developed quite the fanbase for his musical endeavours, and even went on to release a debut album Fallen Angel in 2013.

Jon also tried his hand at acting on the small screen, when he played a motor neurone disease patient in Casualty in 2010.

That same year, the popular star also revealed he is proudly gay and had come out to his friends and family at a young age.

"It's never needed to be a huge change that I've had to tell everyone about," he told Gay Times Magazine, as he accepted it is simply who he is.

Most recently, Lee has been happily living off grid and barely looks a day older than his original S Club 7 debut, something he attributes to his vegetarian diet, and keen interest in exercise and yoga.

Tina Barrett

Prior to joining the S Club 7 lineup, Tina had already begun to flex her musical chops in the original version of Mis-Teeq alongside Alesha Dixon and Sabrina Washington, but left the group in order to join the band.

Following S Club 7’s own split, Tina continued to pursue her love of music and performing, as she joined Natasha Bedingfield and Atomic Kitten 's Liz McClarnon to form a new trio in the Girls of FHM.

Taking on Rod Stewart hit Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? The group were widely panned on their debut, with Tina later vanishing for a while to gain some breathing room and travel before returning with her solo offering, Fire in 2012.

" wanted a break. Afterwards, I was so exhausted and I was desperate to do something more creative. I did some songwriting for a long time and travelled a lot," she previously told OK!

And that break appears to have paid off for the star, as since parting ways with the band she also took a gamble and briefly ventured into musical theatre, where she performed in Beauty and the Beast in 2013 and played the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz the following year.

Tina also briefly joined Jo and Bradley as part of S Club 3, when Paul had stepped away from the role, with the trio even jetting off to Dubai to perform one gig.

Now a proud mum to son Roman, who was born in 2016, Tina continues to make music, with her most recent single Mwah Mwah released in January 2020 to positive reviews.


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