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S Club to split up
S Club
It's over: S Club are splitting
Pop group S Club have announced they are splitting up after four years in the spotlight.

During a concert at the London Arena on Monday night, the six remaining members of the act said they would part company at the end of May.

There have been persistent rumours of the group splitting up since spin-off act S Club Juniors were formed two years ago.

Speculation about the end of the group, formerly known as S Club 7, increased after member Paul Cattermole left last year.

Lead singer Jo O'Meara last week revealed she had a debilitating back condition, which causes the discs in her spine to crumble and could eventually leave her wheelchair-bound.

We are so grateful for everything they've taught us
S Club Juniors
A statement released by S Club said: "With any job there comes a time to move on and to face new challenges.

"We've had a fantastic four years in S Club.

"We've experienced so much more than we ever imagined and we've enjoyed a huge amount of success.

"We can't thank each and every one of our fans enough for their constant support and we hope that they will continue to support and understand us in our decision."

Film release

O'Meara, Rachel Stevens, Hannah Spearritt, Bradley Mcintosh, Jon Lee and Tina Barrett were picked from nearly 10,000 hopefuls for a place in S Club.

The S Club juniors, renamed as S Club 8, said: "We'll miss S Club a lot.

"We are so grateful for everything they've taught us."

Earlier this month S Club released their film, Seeing Double, which was panned by critics.

The film comes on the back of four TV series, four albums, a Brit award and the creation of spin-off group S Club Juniors.

Cattermole, who is in a relationship with Spearritt, left two years ago saying he wanted to be recognised as a more serious musician.

S Club enjoyed 10 top-five singles and four multi-platinum albums.

Last year Don't Stop Movin' won the group a second Brit award, this time for best single.




SEE ALSO:
S Club deny split rumours
17 Mar 03  |  Entertainment
S Club 7...the movie
24 Dec 01  |  Entertainment
Paul leaves S Club 7
28 Mar 02  |  Entertainment


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