Sugababes’ Keisha Buchanan says she’s still in therapy ten years after being sacked over bullying claims

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Former Sugababes star Keisha Buchanan has revealed she's still having therapy ten years after being sacked from the band over allegations of bullying.

The singer was one of the original members of the pop group alongside Siobhan Donaghy and Mutya Buena, but was replaced by Jade Ewen in 2009.

Speaking about her experiences while appearing on Leigh Anne Pinnock's new documentary about racism in the music industry, the 36 year old said: "I don't know if people know this but I didn't actually leave but I was replaced while still being in the band.

"I remember being sat down and told: 'This person feels bullied, that one there feels bullied' and I was like, 'I was giving that one a foot massage legit the day before.'


"If I had an opinion it was very much like, 'Ok, you're being a bully'. That was the word."

The performer went on to explain that her departure from the band affected her mentally and changed her life.

She continued: "The whole situation changed the course of my life. It affected me emotionally, mentally, financially.

"I have confidence issues and just feeling like the whole time I couldn't have an opinion in the work place.

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"It's taken me years to process and I'm still in therapy," Keisha divulged.

When she left the band in 2009, the songwriter issued a statement and made it clear that it wasn't her decision to leave.

She announced: "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 to this.

"Sometimes a breakdown in communication and lack of trust can result in many different things."

Keisha went on to form a group with original members Mutya and Siobhan called Mutya Keisha Siobhan but the experience was short-lived.

The group originally formed in 1998 with the trio and faced many line-up changes over the years, with Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen being drafted in as new members.

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