Former S Club 7 star Paul Cattermole has discussed tensions within the group and labelled one of his ex-bandmates as a “bully” in a new interview with NME.
Cattermole was a member of the pop group from 1998 until 2002, a year before their original split. He began touring again with fellow bandmates Jo O’Meara and Bradley McIntosh in 2008, billed as S Club 3, and was part of the full reunion in 2014.
He recently made headlines after selling one of his Brit Awards for £66,000. Speaking to NME, Cattermole explained that he sold the award as a way of making money, stating that he is “not famous enough” to go on a reality show like I’m A Celebrity.
Cattermole went on to speak about S Club 7’s recent reunion, saying that it was “difficult” and that “not everyone in the band sees eye-to-eye”.
He explained: “There was a fall-out over whether we should be doing a dance troupe, Diversity-type show with choreography to backing tracks, or do what we’ve always done and have a live band. I was being forceful about the live music to the point where I upset some people. It’s my fault. I shouldn’t have pushed it so hard. There was even shouting.”
“I had been declared bankrupt, but it was annulled because I paid it off with the earnings from that tour. Hardly anyone ever pays it off. It cost me everything. I paid £36,000 to HMRC but the lawyers’ fees were about 40-something. I didn’t let anyone down on not paying my share. We would be playing in arenas to 20,000 people just after I’d had conversations on the phone like: ‘We need £10,000 right now!” Then I’d have to go out and do ‘Reach For The Stars’.”
Discussing his S Club 3 reunion, Cattermole described bandmate Jo O’Meara as “that bully from Essex” that “bullied her way into the situation”, saying that he was “half mucking about, half serious”.
“Me and Bradley were doing it for about two years – and then Jo came along. That bully from Essex came along and bullied her way into the situation. ‘You know what I am, Paul – I’m the anchor in this band.’ I think you missed a W there! No, I’m half mucking about, half serious. We do actually get on. Bradley’s Dad manages that [S Club 3] situation, so when the opportunity came to bring Tina in and make it a three that way, I found myself not getting booked as much.”