Their career spanned over 13 years with six different members, achieving five Top 10 albums and 18 Top 10 singles. But by 2011 they had changed one too many times, and were left with no original members.
Here’s what happened to all six members of the Sugababes.
The Sugababes were formed in 1998 by All Saints manager Ron Tom. Siobhán Donaghy and Mutya Buena, both aged 13, had been signed as solo artists, but decided to work together after performing at the same showcase. While working in the studio, Keisha Buchanan was invited to watch them perform. Ron Tom felt a trio would work best, and that’s how the Sugababes were formed.
The red-headed original Sugababe was the first to leave the band back in 2001. Siobhán Donaghy later revealed that she was suffering from clinical depression during this time, and threw herself into solo music projects to overcome it. It resulted in two albums – 2003’s Revolution In Me and 2007’s Ghosts.
Former Atomic Kitten member Heidi Range was announced as Donaghy’s replacement.
Having already started work on a second album with new member Range, the trio released the singles, “Freak like Me” and “Round Round.”
After a hiatus, the Sugababes released the singles, “Push the Button” in October and “Ugly” in December 2005.
Mutya Buena was the second original Babe to leave the fold, parting with the group in December 2005. She went on to have some decent chart success as a soloist with her infectious jam ‘Real Girl.’
According to an announcement on their official website, Buena’s decision was based purely on personal reasons following the birth of her daughter. Amelle Berrabah joined the Sugababes in late December 2005, having been chosen by the group’s management to replace Buena.
From 2005-2008, the Babes released three albums, including a greatest hits album.
In September 2009, Keisha Berrabah was reported to have left the Sugababes. She had missed two engagements promoting the album “Sweet 7″. On 21 September, it was revealed that Buchanan, the sole original member of the group, had left the Sugababes. Buchanan’s place was filled by Jade Ewen, the UK’s 2009 Eurovision Song Contest entrant. Buchanan revealed on Twitter that it was not her decision to leave, resulting in some journalists describing her as having been “sacked”.
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 group began a hiatus in 2012 to work on solo projects: Range participated in the seventh series of Dancing on Ice, Berrabah worked on solo material and Ewen competed as a contestant on the first series of Splash!
In 2013, Jade Ewen confirmed the group had split up.
In 2012, the original Sugababes formed their own group – Mutya Keisha Siobhan, and released the track Flatline in 2013. The Sugababes name had been trademarked in the United Kingdom and United States by original members Buena and Buchanan in 2015.
At the end of 2016, eight tracks leaked online. The girls started work recording new music in 2017.
In August 2018, Buchanan revealed a snippet of a new song on her Instagram story and hinted that the group had regained their original ‘Sugababes’ name by claiming she was not an ‘EX-Sugababe’. She also hinted that new music was coming soon, and the reason for the long wait would be revealed.