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Sugababes star Keisha Buchanan has claimed music managers tried to make her and Mutya Buena have a physical fight during their time as a band.
Keisha, 37, Mutya, 36, and Siobhán Donaghy have reunited after splitting as the original trio in 2001 when Siobhán, 37, decided the leave the band.
It's widely reported that the band didn't always see eye to eye but Keisha has now revealed a former music out them in a room to "fight".
Speaking to The Sunday Times' Style Magazine, Keisha explained: "Girl bands get a harder time."
She added: "We have never had a physical fight. But I do believe that those stories — I mean, it would be a lie to say there weren’t arguments here and there.
"And in this line-up there were probably the most.
"But there was one time when me and Mutya, we had this argument in Fulham, in a rehearsal studio, honestly I don’t know what it was about, and these two producers pushed us into a room together."
Mutya responded with a "yes" and Keisha turned to her and warned: "Don’t say the names."
Keisha then continued: "They told us to fight each other.
"They pushed me and Mutya into a room together and — don’t say the names — said, 'right, you fight each other right now'. And we wouldn’t, we refused. I will never forget just standing there in tears."
Mutya added: "Oh, people would be appalled if that happened now."
The singer added: "I think they actually enjoyed letting us think that one of us was better than the other. People knew what to say to each one of us in private to keep it going."
And Keisha revealed that it wasn't always shouting and flare ups and sometimes the silences, where the band members would sit and stew over what they thought was going on.
"The silences were louder," Keisha explained. "Someone around us thought, 'actually, this is kind of edgy'. It wasn’t enjoyable, I don’t think it was a good idea at all. But I think they clocked on to the fact that it all added to the mystery, the interest, in the group, so it just carried on."
The trio were no longer when Siobhán left the group in 2001 and went on to release two solo albums.
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Now, she said the music executives "used a lot of that strategy, because it meant they could put in all the pieces of the puzzle that they wanted. Profiting from it. And then we wouldn’t communicate about what was going on, because we were young or whatever, and that suited them. They didn’t encourage good relations at all."
Now, the women are in their 30s, and feel they are wiser this time around.
Siobhán explained: "We can tell when people are trying to divide and conquer us now. We see it a mile off."
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