SAINTS ALIVE – BUT ONLY JUST

The group admit that the imminent birth of Nicole Appleton's first child has forced them to seriously consider their future...

ALL SAINTS have given their strongest indications yet that the birth of NICOLE APPLETON’s first child may lead to the demise of the band.

Speaking in an interview with Elle magazine in the UK, the group’s Natalie Appleton hinted that following the birth of her child, fathered by Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, the band “don’t know how it’s going to pan out”. Natalie said: “We’re planning a tour and new singles, but I don’t know how it’s going to pan out. It’s tough having a baby and working. I’ve got so much respect for Mel (Blatt) because she’s taken (her child) Lily everywhere for us, but it’s not been easy. Being a working mother never is.”

Melanie Blatt, who temporarily walked out on the group earlier in the year, said it was because “what I was doing was not as important as the things I wasn’t doing”, such as spending time with her child.

She said: “I’m not sure whether it’s possible for me to carry on doing both much longer -I’m so happy for Nicole, but it will have an effect on the band. When you become a mother you change. Your child becomes the most important thing in your life. My daughter is nearly two and she’s about to go to school. I just want her to have as normal life as possible. I’m grateful for the money I’ve earned from All Saints, but my work does affect the degree of normality I can give her?

“I need to sort out our house, potty-train Lily. To do that I need to be there every day for a couple of weeks. I want to be there to take her to school and pick her up. I love what this band has achieved, but the bigger you get, the more things change. It starts off being about the music and ends up being about money and music. None of us ever expected or were prepared for what happened.”

The band are, however, confirmed to undertake a UK tour in May preceded by a new single, ‘All Hooked Up’ on January 15. The tour calls at:

Manchester Apollo (May 6)

Glasgow Clyde Auditorium (10)

Aberdeen E&CC (12)

Edinburgh Playhouse (13)

Sheffield City Hall (15)

Plymouth Pavilions (18)

Brighton Centre (19)

Cardiff Arena (20)

Bournemouth International Centre (22)

Birmingham NIA (23)

London Hammersmith Apollo (26-27, 29)

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