Siobhán Donaghy
Bullying Survivor
Female | Los Angeles, CA   United States
Bullied and depressed she walked out on the Sugababes years ago and now returns
Bullying Type: Emotional
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Judging by recent form, Siobhán Donaghy has eyes for only two people on this planet - and neither of them are male. Forget the hormonal urges of your average 20-something beauty.

For this stunning redhead, nobody can bring her so much happiness as her best friends Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan.

The living embodiment of Girl Power, the original Sugababes have been sharing every last detail of their lives lately. Whether taking photographs of Mutya cheering on the Olympic torch in the western suburbs of London or painting Keisha's nails a fetching shade of red, white and blue, Siobhán in particular has gone out of her way to reinforce the bonds of friendship.

There is only one problem with this picture: the fact that a short while ago these 'best friends' were more like sworn enemies.

Siobhán in particular - always something of an outsider with her natural Irish beauty in conflict with her bandmates' tougher urban style - made little secret of the fact that she was waiting for karma to 'come round and bite them in the a***'.

Tough talk, but then this is the same feisty young woman who walked out on the Sugababes just at the point when they were about to hit the platinum-selling big time, citing chronic bullying as a reason.

Never one to mince her words, she accused Keisha of driving her to the brink of a nervous breakdown. It is a matter of public record that the stress of being a Sugababe resulted in Siobhán being prescribed antidepressants and becoming so low that she wanted to leave the music business altogether.

That was then, however, and a decade on all has been forgiven, if not quite forgotten. Hence their excited Twitter announcement. Just ten days ago, Keisha posted a picture of the trio online - proudly declaring that the original line-up of the band would be reuniting.

In an age of seemingly endless pop group reunions it is tempting to dismiss it as yet another swift cash-in on past glories. But to make such an assumption would be short-sighted.

There is the small matter of a €1.2million contract to make a new record which shows categorically that, unlike some lesser rivals, the Sugababes have a genuine pedigree and a rock-solid fanbase which has been clamouring for a reunion for some time.

Indeed, contrary to contemporaries such as Atomic Kitten and All Saints, they have never been regarded as anything other than a credible act staffed with genuinely gifted singers.

For Mutya (whose mother is also of Irish descent) and Keisha, who both banked seven-figure sums during the golden years of the Noughties, this is another bite of the cherry.

For 28-year-old Siobhán, however, it represents much more than that.

As one long-standing ally put it to me this week, the reunion marks: 'The kind of opportunity for redemption which only comes along once in a lifetime, if you're lucky. 'Siobhán is a strong character, and she has never let her spirits drop for long, but she is desperate to show the world her talent as an artist. She's had critical acclaim since the age of 14 - this is her last chance to translate that ability into record sales, and she is desperate to grab it.'

Indeed for Siobhán - a cousin of Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy, who was raised in London by her Irish parents, Linda and Charlie - it represents a golden opportunity for one of the most underrated talents of her generation to finally garner the recognition she deserves.

Unable to use the name Sugababes for legal reasons (the latest manufactured incarnation of the group continue to stumble along with ever-diminishing chart returns) they are reuniting under the pragmatic moniker Mutya Keisha Siobhán, or MKS for short.

And if it sounds unwieldy, industry insiders say that the equality of their name bodes nothing but well.

'Make no mistake, this is no flash-in-the-pan vanity project,' says a senior industry source and self-confessed admirer. 'They've signed a deal with Polydor for a ton of money and there's a real buzz around them.

'Labels don't take punts on outside bets these days. You can rest assured that they've done their research and have a solid reason to believe this group is going to sell a lot of records.

'People underestimate just how much these girls achieved from a ridiculously young age. They were 13 or 14 when they got together, but they co-wrote all their songs and were being nominated for awards from the very beginning.

'Sure, they made some mistakes, and Siobhán was undoubtedly the casualty of that. But they're in their late-20s now, and they have the experience of artists twice their age. I really can't see them repeating the errors of the past.'
Avoiding those problems certainly seems to be uppermost in their minds, as Keisha herself confirmed last week.
'We've had discussions,' she said. 'We have a way of working: we trust each other. We look after each other. We are genuinely there for each other. If we were unhappy we'd tell each other and we'd figure it out, between ourselves.' And while some have voiced cynicism about the motives for this sudden rapprochement (none has any obvious source of income these days) sources who have worked with the three say that relations are 'genuinely warm and positive'.

Originally formed in 1998, the current incarnation of the Sugababes contains no original members.

Their last two albums are the only ones in the band's history to fail to reach gold status, and the most recent one was a bona fide turkey. Such is their dire state that the group are now officially 'on hiatus' with no plans to release any music before the end of 2013.

All of which must be music to the ears of Siobhán, who left the group just at the point when they were about to take the music business by storm.

It was during a promotional tour of Japan that she walked out - excusing herself on the pretext of going to the bathroom, but instead heading for the airport and catching the first flight home. Recalling that day, Siobhán later said that she 'took the decision to make myself happy'. Such was her animosity towards the others that for years she refused to even speak to Keisha.

To coin her own words: 'At [that] point I was happy never to work again. I had got to the point where I'd look in the mirror and not know who I was. I felt like I didn't have a personality. I'd lost my identity. I felt like a zombie. A dead person.'

It gets worse: 'You know all those photos of us refusing to smile? I was just really unhappy and I couldn't be a***d.' No longer. These days Siobhán is an altogether more self-confident individual, and despite notions of failure she has maintained an impressive body of work ever since leaving the Sugababes.

Still aged only 19, she released her first solo album Revolution In Me in 2003, which was a critical success but failed to shift as many copies as the glowing reviews suggested it would.

The commercial failure of that record led to a parting of the ways with London Records. Siobhán, still a young and somewhat contrary individual, brashly blamed the problems on poor marketing and promotion.

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