Keisha Buchanan still in therapy 12 years after being asked to leave Sugababes

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 15: Keisha Buchanan of Mutya Keisha Siobhan performs on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire on November 15, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images)
Keisha Buchanan says she was replaced while she was still in the Sugababes. (Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images)

Keisha Buchanan has revealed she is still in therapy 12 years after leaving the Sugababes amid bullying claims.

The Push The Button singer was one of the founding members of the group, which has been through several line-up changes over the years.

Buchanan left in 2009 and was replaced by Jade Ewen, and has now said she was asked to leave.

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Speaking on Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s documentary Race, Pop And Power, she said the whole situation “changed the course of my life”.

The Sugababes with their award for Best kept secret at the Capital Radio Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
The Sugababes were founded in 1998. (PA)

“I don't know if many people know but I didn't actually leave, but I was replaced while still being in the band,” said the 36-year-old.

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

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

She went on: "That 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 workplace.

"It's taken me years to process and I'm still in the process with therapy and things like that."

(from left to right) Amelle Berrabah, Heidi Range, Keisha Buchanan of The Sugababes arrive at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards at Banqueting House, in London.
Amelle Berrabah, Heidi Range and Keisha Buchanan in 2008. (PA)

Buchanan was an original member of the Sugababes along with Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy when the girl band first formed in 1998.

Donaghy left in 2001 and was replaced by Heidi Range. Buena left in 2005, to be replaced by Amelle Berrabah, and Buchanan left in 2009 to be replaced by Ewen.

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

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