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Dream come true S Club 7 star Tina Barrett reveals how fame brought 'non-stop craziness'

"There are no sad days or sick days in showbusiness"

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Tina Barrett has released a new solo single

Tina Barrett has released a new solo single

Tina Barrett has released a new solo single

S Club 7 were one of the biggest pop groups of the Nineties and early Noughties with 13 top five hits and a string of TV shows that reached 90 million viewers around the globe.

But pop sensation Tina Barrett this week revealed that behind the glitz and glamour of their jet-setting career the seven young idols were exhausted most of the time.

"When we all got together we were wide-eyed and we had no idea what was ahead of us," Tina tells the Sunday World as she releases her solo single, Private Dance Instructor, this weekend.

S Club 7, which also included Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens, were formed by the Spice Girls' manager Simon Fuller.

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Tina (back row, left) with her bandmates Jo, Rachel, Hannah, Lee, Paul and Bradley in their heyday in the Nineties

Tina (back row, left) with her bandmates Jo, Rachel, Hannah, Lee, Paul and Bradley in their heyday in the Nineties

Tina (back row, left) with her bandmates Jo, Rachel, Hannah, Lee, Paul and Bradley in their heyday in the Nineties

"We knew as it was Simon Fuller that it was going to be big, so we were really excited. As soon as we released the first thing, which was the TV show Miami 7, it was literally a rollercoaster," Tina says.

"Our feet didn't touch the ground for five years. It was just non-stop craziness. I know a lot of people in the business from that era, and even today, and there's stress, and I have to say it's so hard.

"I mean, sometimes you are so tired you literally cannot feel your feet. It's a lot of pressure because you are so young, and it's that whole thing of having to look perfect every day.

"We'd be crying and then going out and singing Reach For The Stars. There are no sad days or sick days in showbusiness. There's always someone to replace you, so you've got to be on it.

"But we did have loads of good times as well. We got to travel the world and we met all kinds of amazing people, including Hollywood legends like Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis when we were in LA. That LA for you, they are just walking around."

S Club 7's biggest hit, Never Had A Dream Come True, made it into the American Top 10, and they ended up hanging out at the Grammys with Eminem and Justin Timberlake.

"Looking back, it was such a great opportunity. We were all really young and we were just like a big family, we had our bad days and good days.

"The thing is when you get girls together you are going to have a few little handbags at dawn. We weren't that bad, I think, although our management would probably say the opposite. There was never a dull moment, let's just say that.

"Today we can look at it in a more positive way. We can all look back on it and go, 'actually, wow, we did alright, we accomplished so much.'

"We did do a reunion in 2015 and it was a blast, we had a real giggle, so who knows we might do another one.

"It's just so nice that people are still talking about the music and enjoying it all these years later. Reach For The Stars is always being played somewhere, and when you hear Can't Stop Moving at a wedding you just got to get up and do it, haven't you?"

Although they didn't make millions in their heyday, despite their phenomenal success, Tina insists that she had no issues with her earnings.

"There have been a lot of rumours that we didn't get any money, but we did OK," she says.

And Tina, whose father's family originally came from Cork, adds that above all the big hits and worldwide fame that she enjoyed with S Club 7, nothing compares to the joy of motherhood.

The singer has a four-year-old son, Roman, with her longtime partner, Paul Cashmore.

"They say girls wreck your head, boys wreck your house and that's so true," Tina laughs.

"It started as a little baby when he pulled the curtains down. He's like a little bulldozer, but I love him. I love being a mum. It's hard work, but you get so much joy."

  • Tina Barrett's new single, Private Dance Instructor, is now available to download.

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