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From gigs at Pizza Express to a £40 a time tarot card reader – the secrets behind the S Club 7 reunion

From gigs at Pizza Express to a £40 a time tarot card reader – the secrets behind the S Club 7 reunion

PAUL CATTERMOLE is now a tarot card reader and Tina Barrett has moved back in with her mum.

 Jo O’Meara is only just returning to her feet after back ops. 

S Club 7 are back with new shows in the summer, but what have they been up to since the original band split?Getty

But the S Club 7 favourites, huge hitmakers in the late Nineties and early Noughties, are re-uniting in their forties for summer shows alongside their old band-mates Hannah Spearritt, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh and Rachel Stevens.

Hits including Bring It All Back and Don’t Stop Movin’ made the band Brit Awards royalty.

They sold ten million albums and made a film and their own TV series before splitting in 2003. 

Some of them later reformed as S Club All Stars and they all did a 2015 tour.

Andrew Buckwell reveals what else they have been up to.

JO O’MEARA

(Gigging at Pizza Express)

Click News and MediaJo underwent several procedures last year to remove part of a slipped disc and feared they would stop her ever dancing again[/caption]

BRAVE Jo is returning to the spotlight after back operation agony.

She underwent several procedures last year to remove part of a slipped disc and feared they would stop her ever dancing again.

Jo has also had to overcome an addiction to fruit machines that she admitted: “Became a bit of a thing.”

She added: “With the band, it was so busy and so hectic.

“I just used it as a bit of escapism to run away with myself for a little while.”

After the group split she signed with manager Simon Fuller.

But musical disagreements saw her plans unravel.

An album in 2005 failed to get sales despite good reviews.

Jo, 43, appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, where she was accused of racism and bullying towards Indian actress housemate Shilpa Shetty.

She later said of the ugly bust-up: “I lost my career. I lost my home. I lost ­everything and I’m still trying to rebuild today.”

Over the years she has continued to perform.

She was in S Club All Stars until 2020, recorded a solo album during lockdown and still plays gigs.

Next month she will perform a set at Pizza Express in central London, with ­tickets costing £30 a head.

Her performing arts company CJL Arts Limited is £5,386 in the red, according to the latest accounts.

HANNAH SPEARRITT

(Wellness ventures)

Olivia WestHannah has been in Death In Paradise, sci-fi series Primeval, Casualty and EastEnders, as Kandice Taylor[/caption]

MAYBE it is no surprise Hannah turned to acting, as she once admitted: “I’m not that good a singer. We mimed.”

The 44-year-old has been in Death In Paradise, sci-fi series Primeval, Casualty and EastEnders, as Kandice Taylor, quitting in 2018 after becoming pregnant with the first of her two kids with nutritionist Adam Thomas.

Hannah, who was once engaged to S Club 7 co-star Paul, had a boob job in 2013 which led to three years of medical issues before the implants were removed.

She now calls herself a holistic lifestyle coach and will soon open the Earth And Fire Cafe in Twickenham, South West London.

She closed wellness gym Sanavida last year after it lost money.

JON LEE

(West End star)

Fame FlynetJon runs a performing arts company, and says he doesn’t get recognised anymore[/caption]

THE youngest band member runs ­performing arts company Jon L, worth nearly £200,000. 

Jon, 40, says: “I’ve been lucky, I’ve been in the right place at the right time. But I don’t get recognised any more – I walk very quickly!”

He landed roles in West End musicals Les Miserables and Jersey Boys – and in 2008 film Telstar: The Joe Meek Story, about the flamboyantly gay, tone-deaf, Sixties songwriter-producer. 

He also appeared in BBC ­hospital drama Casualty and in 2008 voiced a character in animated Disney series ­Famous 5: On The Case.

 His debut solo album, Fallen Angel, in 2013, was not a hit.

In 2010 Jon came out as gay, saying: “If someone had asked, ‘Are you gay?’ I would have said yes, but no one ever did.”

RACHEL STEVENS

(Plugs fashion brands)

INSTAGRAM/RACHEL STEVENSOnce named the sexiest woman of all time, 44-year-old Rachel made two albums after the band split[/caption]

RACHEL is an Instagram influencer who promotes fashion labels including Oasis and Next to her more than 300,000 followers.

Once named the sexiest woman of all time, the 44-year-old made two albums after the band split. 

The second won impressive reviews but that failed to translate into sales.

She appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008, then on Strictly Come Dancing Christmas specials, and had stints on New Zealand’s X Factor and Ireland’s The Voice before joining the last S Club 7 reunion in 2014.

 She also appeared on Celebrity MasterChef, Celebrity Mastermind and last year laced up her skates for Dancing On Ice.

TINA BARRETT

(Single mum)

Tina, 46, is now single after splitting with partner Paul Cashmore, a star of Channel 4 reality show HuntedRex

 TINA eagerly teased on social media this week: “Announcement coming soon” – and for the struggling single mum the group reunion could not come at a better time. 

Her company, Tina Barrett Limited, is £12,867 in the red.

After the band her 2004 cover of Rod Stewart hit Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, with Natasha Bedingfield and Atomic Kitten’s Liz McClarnon, was slated.

She released solo single Fire in 2012, then Make Me Dance and All Fired Up.

She has also been in theatre shows and joined S Club All Stars with some of her old bandmates. 

Tina, 46, is now single after splitting with partner Paul Cashmore, a star of Channel 4 reality show Hunted, and has moved in with her mum Cheryl in West Sussex following the death of her father.

PAUL CATTERMOLE

(Tarot card reader)

Paul offers £40-a-time tarot card readings and has more than 12,000 subscribers on YouTube channel Ask The AnswerRex

PAUL offers 20-minute tarot card readings for £40.

He has more than 12,000 subscribers on YouTube channel Ask The Answer.

He says: “I am very lucky to have the gift of spiritual healing. 

“My predictions can be incredibly insightful and I have an innate sense of what makes people tick.”

Paul, 45, has also worked as a radio station manager in Swanage, Dorset, where he lives,  and was reportedly turned down after asking to go on Celebrity Big Brother, Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice. 

He sold an S Club 7 Brit Award at auction for a reported £66,000 and used his 2015 reunion tour cash to clear £30,000 of debts.

He formed Skua, a nu-metal group, but failed to make it big.

In 2008 he joined Bradley and Jo in S Club All Stars and gigged with them until 2015.

In a recent interview he complained S Club 7 had not been properly rewarded for their efforts, claiming others had enjoyed the spoils of their success.

BRADLEY McINTOSH

(Tried to keep S Club dream alive)

instagram/@london_citiboyBradley still makes music and promotes online beauty company LuvLou, selling bath salts and treatments[/caption]

HE always loved “having a party and getting on stage” and has remained connected to the music business in whatever way he can.

Bradley, 41, was part of boyband Upper Street, formed in 2006 from MTV reality TV series Totally Boyband with ex-members of other groups, but it failed to take off. 

Two years later he teamed up with Jo O’Meara and Paul Cattermole to form S Club All Stars, playing clubs and universities.

Tina Barrett joined in 2014 but Bradley then left the next year, and in 2020 Jo left and Stacey Franks arrived.

Bradley released a solo single as City Boy Soul then set up Citi Boy Entertainment Ltd, which specialised in music production and vocal coaching.

It was hit hard by the pandemic and has reserves of just £90.

He also now promotes online beauty company LuvLou, selling bath salts and treatments.

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