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Friday, 18 January, 2002, 10:55 GMT
Crisis talks for Hear'Say
Hear'Say - (left to right) - Noel Sullivan, Suzanne Shaw, Kym Marsh, Myleene Klass and Danny Foster
Hear'Say are expected to issue a statement on Monday
Pop act Hear'Say are holding talks on Friday amid rumours of arguments within the group.

The five members were waiting for their manager to return to the country on Thursday before getting together to discuss their future.

There have been reports of arguments between bandmates Kym Marsh and Myleene Klass, and that Marsh wanted to go solo.

A statement on their future is expected on Monday.

 Click here to watch Hear'Say perform Pure and Simple on Top of the Pops

There have also been reports that the band has pulled out of a performance at a testimonial dinner for Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs on Saturday.

Kym Marsh
Kym is reported to have said she wants to go solo
Chris Herbert, the band's manager, was due back in the country late on Thursday and would meet all five members of the band on Friday evening, a spokeswoman for their record company said.

"There are various talks happening. They will be in the early evening," the spokeswoman told BBC News Online.

"I don't want to go through details of who's talking to who, but there are lots of people to talk to each other today."

If one of Hear'Say left, it could jeopardise the group's future, including their planned arena tour in the autumn - which could cost them millions of pounds in lost revenue and possible legal action if cancelled.

At the start of the week, The Sun newspaper reported that Marsh told them she had "had enough of it all" and was planning to put her own group together, write her own songs and have a solo singing career.

Myleene Klass
Klass and Marsh have denied the rumours of a rift in the past
On Friday, The Sun reported that the band have pulled out of Ryan Giggs's testimonial dinner in Manchester on Saturday because of the turmoil.

Danny Foster, Noel Sullivan, Suzanne Shaw, Klass and Marsh shot to fame as the winners of ITV1 show Popstars last year, which plucked the quintet from obscurity and launched their pop careers.

Their first single, Pure and Simple, was a runaway number one success and their album also claimed the top spot.

Yet they have been dogged by rumours and speculation about a split for several months.

In December last year bookmaker William Hill named Hear'Say as the pop group most likely to split in the wake of Steps' demise.

Reports of tension between Marsh and Klass have been persistent for many weeks yet the pair have denied the stories on several occasions during television interviews.

See also:

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Hear'Say race against time
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26 Dec 01 | Music
End of the road for Steps
24 Dec 01 | Music
Chart stars and flops of 2001
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