Sugababes Exclusive – Heidi Range talks about Keisha's exit…..

Posted by Dean Piper On September 27th, 2009

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The Sugababes have revealed how Keisha Buchanan’s exit from the group almost spelled the end for the band after 11 years.

But – choosing their favourite column to give the inside track over Keisha’s departure and new girl Jade Ewen’s arrival – the girls have vowed to come back stronger than ever.

I was the first to meet the new line-up face-to-face in London after they jetted in from LA where they’ve been filming the video for new single About A Girl.

And in an emotional interview, tearful band member Heidi Range told me: “Things came to a sudden end. We didn’t think anything was going to continue at all. We were going to split – and we’d be over.

“Then management came to us and asked Amelle and me if we would like to carry on. And we did.

“The last time I saw Keisha was terrible. We didn’t speak. I’ve sent her a message but she’s not talking to me – she doesn’t want to know. It’s been years together with the band and it’s really hard. Really hard. Everyone’s nicknamed me Tiny Tears because I’m constantly bursting into tears.”

But Heidi’s clearly positive about the future of the Sugababes – a band that’s sold close to 10 million albums.

She added: “We’ve been given a second chance. We tried everything we could to make it work with Keisha but we couldn’t keep it going with her. Life’s too short to live in an unhappy situation.

“None of us were happy – her included. It was a difficult situation.”

And it’s clear Heidi has the undivided support of fellow band member Amelle.

The star, who disappeared two weeks ago when the cracks started appearing in the band’s third line-up, says she’s ready for a fresh start as the ’Babes prepare to release new album Sweet 7.

Amelle said: “This is a new beginning. I’m very happy.

“I did need a breather so I went home and turned my phone off and ignored everybody. I wanted to work out what I wanted in life.

“Keisha and myself talked it out a lot. I saw her twice in the end when I was in LA and we were trying to sort things out. Once on my own and once with Heidi.

“I just think what’s done is done and it’s sorted. It’s time to move on.

“I’d like to be mates with her in the future and I can’t be arsed with some public war of words.”

I’ll leave the final word to the newest member of the Sugababes – former Eurovision star Jade.

She told me: “It’s slightly intimidating being in the band of course but it’s huge. I was a fan before and I want to prove myself. Everyone in the band has always been a strong vocalist and that’s what I’ve always been about.”

And talking of Keisha, Jade said: “I think I’m nothing like her, I want to bring my own personality to the table.”

I reckon this latest line-up change will be just what the doctor ordered to spice things up a bit.

There’s life in these Sugababes yet – you just wait!

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