The original members of girlband the Sugababes have officially announced their reunion.
Following months of speculation, Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy have now confirmed plans to reunite and release a new album this year.
Keisha revealed the news via her Twitter account on 20 July, posting the first picture of the reformed trio alongside the caption:
“Dear tweeters I’ve been trying my best to keep this one on the [downlow] haha @mutyabuena @siobhandonaghy @mksofficial”
The girls will release music under their new band name, Mutya Keisha Siobhan, which was registered as a trademark last month.
Speaking to entertainment site Popjustice, the group explained that they had to work at sounding like a band again, with Keisha saying:
“It was the first time we’d sang together since we were 16 years old. To be honest with you it wasn’t an instant thing. When we were younger we gelled straight away, but we had to learn to blend with each other again.
“It was so special to be excited about hearing our voices together, and being excited about our music. On my days off I’d go home and I’d listen to the tracks. I’d be like, ‘I’m really enjoying this’. I just enjoyed our music.”
The Sugababes line-up has undergone a number of changes since original members, Buchanan, Buena and Donaghy found fame with their hit Overload in 2000.
The following year, Siobhan left the group and was replaced by Heidi Range, then, in 2005 Buena left the band for “personal reasons”, making way for Amelle Berrabah.
In 2009, remaining original member Keisha controversially left the band, with reports at the time indicating that it was not her decision to leave. She was replaced by Eurovision entrant, Jade Ewen.