Rachel Stevens has spoken with Fabulous in regards to various aspects of her career including the upcoming 20th anniversary of S Club 7, (No mention of ‘Sweet Dreams My L.A. Ex or Funkydory turning 15), the drama surrounding former bandmate Paul Cattermole, and her time on Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Masterchef.
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Rachel Stevens has teased another S Club 7 reunion tour ahead of the band’s 20th anniversary.
It’s been 15 years since the popular 90s band split but the mum-of-two, who’s the new brand ambassador for Quorn, has said it would be “great” to get the gang back together, after a successful tour four years ago.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Online, Rachel, 40, said: “Yeah I would do it again. The reunion tour was brilliant, it was an amazing success and it was so much fun, lovely to be back with everyone.
“There’s a lot of nostalgia for S Club, it was such a positive part of my life and we had a real celebration of S Club last time we did it.
“So I definitely wouldn’t say no but everyone’s busy doing their own thing.
“The reunion tour was just brilliant so if it’s something which would happen again then great.”
After S Club split, Rachel embarked on a successful solo career with songs like Sweet Dreams My LA Ex – as well as becoming a judge on X Factor New Zealand and The Voice of Ireland and being crowned FHM’s sexiest woman in 2014.
She’s now a mum to kids Amelie, seven, and Minnie, four, with actor husband Alex Bourne – but says S Club still feel like “family”.
Speaking about Paul Cattermole, who was trying to flog his BRIT Award on eBay to pay the bills earlier this year, she said: “We spent so much time together back in the day and we are a family almost so I think he knows I’m there if he needed me.
“I think all you can do is just be there and just say ‘I’m there if you need me’.
“I think he knows that but he’s got his circle of people around him that he would confide in.”
Rachel still holds the record for the most perfect 10s in Strictly Come Dancing history, after Foxtrotting her way to second place with partner Vincent Simone back in 2008.
But, when it comes to the ‘Strictly curse’ of affairs and relationship breakdowns, Rachel says husband Alex had no concerns.
She said: “Alex wasn’t worried, he was brilliant and he really got on well with Vincent. I can understand it though because you do get incredibly close with your partner.
“But if you’re in a strong relationship and you’re honest and open with each other, it’s cool. We’re all really good friends.”
Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, 37, had to swat off criticism about getting an ‘unfair advantage’ before taking part in this year’s show, and Rachel says she can totally relate.
She said: “I can definitely sympathise with that, I definitely felt a pressure coming from my background, even though I had no formal training of any kind.
“Dancing in a band is very different to the kind of dancing you do on Strictly. She is a trained dancer but doing a Ballroom dance or a Latin style dance is very different.
“You feel that extra added pressure on top of it to be really, really good even though you’re still struggling with certain things.
“The worst bit is the nerves, it is crazy that show, there’s something about it.
“I was training for eight, 10 hours-a-day some days and my feet were in agony by the end of the day.
“But it’s just a bit of fun, it’s a brilliant opportunity on a brilliant show learning fantastic skills and having a laugh, that’s what it’s all about.
“I love dancing so much, I’d love to do it again.”
Rachel also took part in Celebrity MasterChef last year, which she says ignited a love of cooking – after spending her early adult years on tour with S Club, eating out every night.
She told us: “Food is a big passion of mine, I love food, but I never really did cook because I went straight from being at home into the band, where we were always travelling or on sets. I was always eating out.
“Now I’ve got the girls I cook more, but I’m definitely a basic cook.
“MasterChef was amazing, a brilliant experience, I’m a massive fan of the show but I never thought I would was going to be in it, because I know I’m not a cook – it was definitely out of my comfort zone.
“There’s no rehearsals, some of the challenges you’re really thrown into the deep end.”
Rachel is now a brand ambassador for Quorn and has cut her family’s meat intake right down to once-a-week over the past year.
She revealed: “I haven’t had any meat for two weeks, but I just wanted to limit it for health reasons.
“Working with Quorn has given me so many variations of things to cook for the kids, because it’s hard to come up with ideas all the time which are tasty and different, otherwise they just get bored.
“The kids are loving it. I get them involved with the cooking, they love doing the mixing and getting their fingers messy.
“It’s a really good way of getting them to eat because kids can be fussy, especially my little one.