Sugababe Amelle Berrabah left bankrupt by mismanaged accounts

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
Amelle Berrabah blamed her accountant for her bankruptcy. (Getty Images)
Amelle Berrabah blamed her accountant for her bankruptcy. (Getty Images)

Former Sugababe Amella Berrabah was forced into bankruptcy after her accountant failed to file her tax returns.

The 35-year-old Push The Button singer was declared bankrupt by HMRC in 2013 after failing to pay a tax bill of almost £650k.

But Berrabah complained to the Institute of Chartered Accountants as her accountant at the time, Ben White, had failed to file any tax returns on her behalf, leaving HMRC to estimate the earnings on which she owed tax.

British music group Sugababes, from left to right, Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Keisha Buchanan, take to the catwalk at the Fashion For Relief show, during London Fashion Week at The Natural History Museum in central London, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2008. Funds were raised by the show and a following auction for The White Ribbon Alliance charity to be used directly to promote and increase awareness of the need to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for women and newborns in developing and developed countries. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Keisha Buchanan made up the Sugabaes in 2008 (AP)

A tribunal has now ruled that the girlband star’s bankruptcy “might have been avoided or postponed” if White – who represented Berrabah between 2011 and 2014 – had acted properly.

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He has been fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £83,000 in legal costs.

Berrabah joined the Sugababes in 2005, replacing founding member Mutya Buena.

British singers Jade Ewen, Amelle Berrabah and Heidi Range from The Sugababes at T4's Stars of 2009 in central London, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Mike Eccleshall)
Jade Ewen, Amelle Berrabah and Heidi Range as the Sugabaes in 2009. (AP)

She and the then-members of the ever-changing girlband went their separate ways in 2011.

Buena, 34, was declared bankrupt by the High Court in 2014 after she failed to pay a tax bill. She blamed it on an “administrative error.”

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Sometime member Jade Ewen, 32, who joined the band in 2009 replacing Keisha Buchanan, also went bankrupt in 2015 following a string of financial problems.

From left Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan from British band Mutya Keisha Siobhan arrive for the NME Awards 2014 at a central London venue, London, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhán Donaghy in 2014 after reforming the original Sugababes. (AP)

Heidi Range, 36, who was previously a member of girlband Atomic Kitten, replaced original member Siobhan Donaghy in 2001. She became a mother in 2018, welcoming daughter Aurelia.

Original members Buena, Donaghy, 35 and Buchanan, 35, reformed as MKS in 2012 and managed to win back the rights to the name Sugababes in 2019.