Former Smash Hits editor questions S Club 7 reunion tour
S Club 7 star Paul Cattermole’s tragic death was announced on Friday. The 46-year-old was found dead at his home in Dorset and a statement from the group highlighted how “devastated” his fellow band members are. Former Smash Hits Magazine editor Emma Jones joined Satruday’s BBC Breakfast to speak to hosts Nina Warhurst and Charlie Stayt to reflect on Paul’s life, and she detailed how the musicians may decide to scrap their upcoming comeback tour or dedicate something to Paul’s memory.
“What’s particularly tragic about the timing of this is that it comes just a few weeks after the announcement of the tour, which had gone down a storm,” Nina pointed out.
The presenter added: “It was selling out arenas and was a new chapter for them, and as far as we know, he was looking forward to it.”
“Absolutely,” Emma replied. “I think just a couple of days ago he was pictured dancing around enjoying the sort of spotlight again.
“Everybody was anticipating this tour. I think they’re due to start in October and it’s good for people who remembered the band and also the songs still endure.
“So I think there would have been a new crowd as well. It’s very much the sort of thing that people who enjoyed the music the first time around could take along with their kids to enjoy as well. So, you know, obviously tinged with huge, huge sadness now.”
The former editor went on to detail the plans of the band following the sad news.
“It’s going to be difficult to know whether or not the band will want to continue and do something as a sort of tribute to him,” she stated.
Emma continued: “Or whether they won’t be able or they would feel they wouldn’t be able to do it at all.
“I think it’s going to be particularly difficult for Hannah Spearritt, who had a relationship with Paul and rekindled that relationship in 2015 as well, so they were very close.
“They’ve known each other since they were teenagers before the band, so I think it’s whether they can, whether they feel that they can continue in the circumstances.”
“It is perhaps a little bit soon for them to make that decision, isn’t it Emma?” Nina commented before thanking Emma for joining the show.
Earlier in the interview, Emma had detailed her impressions of Paul from the band’s heyday.
“He’s a really lovely person,” she explained before adding: “He was a little bit shyer than some of the others, you could sense the shyness in his eyes.
“And remember, you know, they all grew up in the band essentially. So I think you did see some changes in them as success grew, and things got tougher.”
“What do we know about the story of the individuals in the band after those peaks of their success? Because you often hear in show business, things are not always easy when you’ve been in a band that’s had a moment in time,” Charlie remarked.
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Emma reflected: “I think it’s very difficult. Number one, being in a band where there are all these component parts.
“So you know, fame gets spread between all of you. Growing up in the spotlight as well, it’s almost as though you’re not allowed to grow up and become your own person.
“And after the band’s success, all you’re left with basically is yourself and people remember you for that one thing, but it’s difficult to cultivate a different life afterwards.
“And I think that’s one of the things that Paul struggled with what he would admit that he struggled with.
“He left the band, he was famously the first to leave the band in 2002 because he wanted to pursue solo pursuits and do his own thing.
“He was never really that comfortable with pop music. He was more of a sort of, new metal kind of person and he actually formed his own band with friends from his childhood afterwards, but they never really enjoyed any success.
“In terms of his own life, he struggled financially. He had to sell one of the Brit Awards that was awarded to him.
“So I think that’s sort of speaks for itself. You know, you can see that this was somebody who, after the band’s success, very much had to live in the shadows and wasn’t able really to emulate that level of financial success.”
BBC Breakfast airs daily from 6am on BBC One.
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