As Jade Ewen is reportedly declared bankrupt, we can't help but think she has fallen fowl of the Sugababes curse - like the band's other members...


Not to get all Nancy from The Craft on you, but we can’t help thinking that the Sugababes are cursed.

The reason? Jade Ewen has this week reportedly been declared bankrupt – making her the latest member of the ever-changing girl group to fall on hard times.

It’s reported that Jade – who replaced the band’s last remaining founding member Keisha Buchanan in 2009 – ran into trouble after the band took a break in 2011 and never got back together.

A source told The Sun: ‘Jade put her all into her music but sadly things simply haven’t gone well.

‘She joined the Sugababes full of optimism and had high hopes given the band were very much established in the charts. But it seems she fell victim to their shelf life expiring.’

Jade isn’t the first Sugababe to fall into financial difficulty – original Babe Mutya Buena was also declared bankrupt in September last year after an ‘administrative error’ led to an unpaid tax bill.

And the various bandmates’ troubles don’t end there.

The final original member, Siobhan Donaghy, walked out on bandmates Mutya and Keisha just three years into the band’s lifecycle, amid rumours of a clash with Keisha. Leaving the band led Siobhan to a spiral of depression which almost saw her give up on music altogether.

Siobhan was replaced in the group by Heidi Range who, band despite various line-up changes, managed to stay in the band until they took an indefinite hiatus in 2011, scoring six number one singles along the way.

However, her professional success appeared to take it’s toll on her personal life, with the blonde beauty splitting from her fiancé and boyfriend of eight years, XFM DJ Dave Berry, in 2011.

As the last remaining member of the band’s original line-up, Keisha was considered to be the Sugababes’ queen bee – but that all unravelled in 2009 when she was forced out of the band.

By her own admission, she was hard to work with, telling MailOnline in a 2009 interview: ‘I was a b*tch to Heidi at first because I couldn’t get over the fact that we’d worked since we were 12 and this beautiful girl from stage school had it all handed to her on a plate.’

And that just leaves final Sugababe, Amelle Berrabah, who replaced Mutya when she left to go solo in 2005 – and who also experienced her fair share of trouble during her time in the band.

The star was arrested and subsequently found guilty of common assault in September 2011 after allegations she had assaulted a woman in a nightclub. She was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 compensation.

She was also banned from driving for 14 months and ordered to pay a £2,000 fine after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

The Sugababes curse appeared to have lifted in 2012 when original line-up Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan got back together under the name MKS – but their reunion has been plagued with delays and stalled releases.

It was reported in May last year that they had changed record labels and secured rights to the Sugababes name – but we’ve not heard much from them since.

Has the curse of the Sugababes struck again? Maybe so.

Stephanie Wood