Published On: Thu, May 13th, 2021

Sugababes star Keisha Buchanan admits she is still in therapy more than a decade after being sacked

Former Sugababes star Keisha Buchanan admits she is still having therapy more than a decade after being forced out of the group for allegedly bullying her band-mates. 

The singer parted ways with the group she helped form in 2009, with Jade Ewan quickly stepping in to replace her alongside Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah.  

Reflecting on her bitter departure during an appearance on BBC documentary Race, Pop And Power, Keisha, 36, claimed she was ordered to leave following allegations of intimidating behaviour.

Speaking out: Former Sugababes star Keisha Buchanan admits she is still having therapy more than a decade after being forced out of the group for allegedly bullying her band-mates

She said: ‘I don’t know if people know this but I didn’t actually leave but I was replaced while still being in the band. 

‘I remember and being sat down and told “this person feels bullied, that one there feels bullied” and I was like “I was giving that one a foot massage legit the day before!” 

‘If I had an opinion it was very much like “ok, you’re being a bully”. That was the word.’ 

Farewell:  The singer parted ways with the group she helped form in 2009 (pictured with former bandmates Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah)

Farewell:  The singer parted ways with the group she helped form in 2009 (pictured with former bandmates Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah)

Final line up: As the final founding member, Keisha was swiftly replaced by former UK Eurovision entry Jade Ewen (left)

Final line up: As the final founding member, Keisha was swiftly replaced by former UK Eurovision entry Jade Ewen (left)

Looking back at the impact her departure from the commercially successful Sugababes had on her wellbeing, she added: ‘That whole situation changed the course of my life. It affected me emotionally , mentally, financially.

‘I have confidence issues and just feeling like the whole time I couldn’t have an opinion in the work place. It’s taken me years to process and I’m still in therapy.’

Confirming her departure in a statement to fans in 2009, Keisha insisted it wasn’t her decision to leave amid unconfirmed claims that she had been sacked.

Opening up: Reflecting on her bitter departure during an appearance on BBC documentary Race, Pop And Power, Keisha, 36, claimed she was ordered to leave

Opening up: Reflecting on her bitter departure during an appearance on BBC documentary Race, Pop And Power, Keisha, 36, claimed she was ordered to leave

In good company: The singer was joined by fellow pop artists Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Alexandra Burke and Raye

In good company: The singer was joined by fellow pop artists Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Alexandra Burke and Raye

Powerful: The new BBC documentary, which explores racism within the music industry, was hosted by Little Mix star Leigh-Anne

Powerful: The new BBC documentary, which explores racism within the music industry, was hosted by Little Mix star Leigh-Anne 

She announced: ‘I’m sad to say that I am no longer a part of the Sugababes … Although it was not my choice to leave, it’s time to enter a new chapter in my life. 

‘I would like to state that there were no arguments, bullying or anything of the sort that lead [sic] to this. Sometimes a breakdown in communication and lack of trust can result in many different things.’ 

The singer went on to form the short-lived girl-group Mutya Keisha Siobhan with founding Sugababes Mutya Buena and Siobhán Donaghy, but an album failed to materialise.  

Old times: Keisha was one of the founding band members of Sugababes with Mutya Buena and Siobhán Donaghy (pictured), but rumours of in-fighting plagued the group

Old times: Keisha was one of the founding band members of Sugababes with Mutya Buena and Siobhán Donaghy (pictured), but rumours of in-fighting plagued the group

On 13 January 2015,  Keisha successfully filed for the Sugababes name to be trademarked in the United States, with the singer achieving ownership of the US Sugababes trademark 12-months later. 

The singer was one of the founding band members with Mutya and Siobhán in 1998, but rumours of in-fighting plagued the group, and they have been famed for the several line-up changes.

After forming the group in 1998, Siobhán left in 2001 and was replaced by Heidi Range.

New project: The singer went on to form the short-lived girl-group Mutya Keisha Siobhan with founding Sugababes Mutya and Siobhán, but an album failed to materialise

New project: The singer went on to form the short-lived girl-group Mutya Keisha Siobhan with founding Sugababes Mutya and Siobhán, but an album failed to materialise

In 2005, Mutya announced her departure, with Amelle Berrabah brought in to replace her.

The band has since reformed with its original line-up, with a remix of 2001 hit Run For Cover released on May 11th. 

During a previous appearance on This Morning, Keisha explained that she was often portrayed as an instigator of the band’s fights – saying that she now believes this was an example of systemic racism.

She said: ‘I believe that systemic racism comes in all different forms and if you’re abusing someone’s character to manipulate them… it’s based on perception.

‘The press side – some people had never met me and just decided I was the instigator of situations, and no one ever gave me the chance to say actually what happened. We know in life there are always two sides to every story.’ 

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