Hear'Say's Suzanne Shaw confirms band are 'in talks' for 20th anniversary reunion

SUZANNE Shaw has told The Sun that Hear’Say are in talks for a 20th anniversary reunion.

The group, put together on TV talent contest Popstars, first discussed getting back together last year, but plans were put on hold due to the pandemic – but Suzanne says it could still happen.

The singer, who was in the group with Kym Marsh, Myleene Klass, Noel Sullivan and Danny Foster, shared in an exclusive interview: “I’d definitely be up for it. Life’s too short to worry about whether it’s cool!

“The fact that there was a pandemic on our 20 year anniversary definitely meant the stars weren’t aligning for us. But I would love to do a one-off concert to mark our 20 years. It’s about proving to my kids that I used to be a pop star!”

Kym, 44, revealed earlier this year that the band had been chatting on Zoom, following years of feuds.

The singer sensationally quit the band in 2002 after 18 months, following arguments with Myleene and Noel. Noel and Kym stopped speaking and Suzanne and Kym weren’t in touch for years.


But Suzanne, 39, confirmed that all five members have now buried the hatchet. She said: “When a worldwide pandemic happens you realise: ‘what the hell were we playing at?’

“No matter how close we are to our friends, our family, our partner and our kids, nobody else is going to understand what we went through and have that bond that the five of us have.”

Hear’Say were created through the ITV reality show Popstars – a forerunner of The X Factor – in 2001.

Their first single Pure and Simple hit No 1 selling 550,000 copies in its first week, making it the fastest-selling debut single of all time in the UK.


The group went on to sell a staggering three million records, scoring two No 1 hits and their debut album Popstars broke another record for the fastest-selling debut album.

They performed at Prince Phillip’s 80 th birthday celebrations, had their own TV series and toured the UK.

When Kym left in 2002 she was briefly replaced by Johnny Shentall but the group split just months later.

The Sun first told last year how the Noughties group were planning a reunion. But any gigs could take place without Myleene, 42.

The TV presenter revealed earlier this year that Suzanne had gone to her house to discuss the reunion but that she told her she had too much on.


Suzanne said it remained to be seen whether Myleene would take part. She explained: “She’s very busy, but she’d be there on the sidelines.”

Suzanne, who has appeared on Emmerdale and won Dancing On Ice since Hear’Say, split, is currently supporting #BounceSafe, a campaign to encourage people booking bouncy castles to take safety steps to reduce the number of accidents and injuries.

The mum of two said: “After the year we’ve had, it’s not a surprise to see millions of people will be hosting garden parties and what better way to entertain the kids than with a bouncy castle.

“But it’s important to ask the right questions when you hire and make sure the company has insurance. It’s also important to supervise the inflatable at all times to keep the kids safe.”

  • Suzanne is supporting the RPII #BounceSafe campaign encouraging parents to ask 3 questions when hiring a bouncy castle. For more information see www.bouncesafe.org.uk

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