Home Entertainment Eternal’s full line-up revealed: Nineties girl band unveil new bandmate – but fans are fuming former members Louise Redknapp and Kelle Bryan have been replaced

Eternal’s full line-up revealed: Nineties girl band unveil new bandmate – but fans are fuming former members Louise Redknapp and Kelle Bryan have been replaced

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The eternal sisters Vernie and Easther Bennett have introduced their new bandmate, Christel Lakhdar.

Eternal sisters Vernie and Easther Bennett have introduced their new bandmate, after former members Louise Redknapp and Kelle Bryan left them.

Nineties pop stars Vernie and Easther plan to move forward with the band’s reunion with the help of new singer Christel Lakhdar.

Vernie, Easther and Christel looked sensational in stylish matching black ensembles as they posed for their first photo together as a band.

In September last year, Louise, 49, and Kelle, 48, pulled out of an Eternal Reunion tour because Vernie and Easther had refused to play any of the LBGTQ+ concerts they had scheduled over accusations that the community was being “kidnapped” by the trans movement. .

But Vernie, 52, and Easther, 51, plan to take the stage without the deceased members, leaving fans furious.

The eternal sisters Vernie and Easther Bennett have introduced their new bandmate, Christel Lakhdar.

The eternal sisters Vernie and Easther Bennett have introduced their new bandmate, Christel Lakhdar.

One wrote on social media platform X: “Apparently the Bennett sisters have recruited a new vocalist and call themselves Eternal. Not without Louise and Kelle it isn’t. What a pity that transphobia killed the band.’

Another said: “The eternal gathering just got wilder.”

Vernie and Easther welcomed Christel and reformed as a trio, with the artist saying it’s a “dream come true” to join the group.

She told the Mirror: “I’ve been singing these songs since [I was] I’m young and I feel like pinching myself as I take it all in.’

Vernie said: ‘Meeting Christel for the first time was a nice feeling. She is talented, successful and has an incredible personality. She is also strong vocally, so our harmonies will be taken to the next level. “I think our music fans will love it as much as we do.”

Easther said he’s “really looking forward to diving back into some festivals here and there.”

It was recently reported that Vernie and Easther were planning a reunion concert in a parking lot.

They are scheduled to take to a pop-up stage in the NEC car park in Birmingham in May, and tickets will cost £50, according to The Sun.

An announcement for the concert says, “This event will be held in our North 5 parking lot and the entire festival grounds will be cement, so no muddy boots are allowed.”

Vernie and Easther plan to go on stage without the deceased members, in a parking lot (LR: Easther, Louise, Vernie and Kelle pictured in 1995)

Vernie and Easther plan to go on stage without the deceased members, in a parking lot (LR: Easther, Louise, Vernie and Kelle pictured in 1995)

Vernie and Easther plan to go on stage without the deceased members, in a parking lot (LR: Easther, Louise, Vernie and Kelle pictured in 1995)

Fans are furious that the Eternals sisters, Vernie and Easther, will reunite without Louise and Kelly.

Fans are furious that the Eternals sisters, Vernie and Easther, will reunite without Louise and Kelly.

Fans are furious that the Eternals sisters, Vernie and Easther, will reunite without Louise and Kelly.

After planning an Eternal reunion last year to include all four members, Vernie and her sister Easther refused to play any of the LBGTQ+ concerts they had scheduled because they claimed the community was being “hijacked” by the trans movement.

Shortly afterward, Louise was accused of trying to get her former bandmates canceled by “misrepresenting” their views.

However, in a revealing statement, Louise said: “I would always have loved to meet up with the girls.” “I have so much love for what we’ve done together and Kelle and I remain the best of friends.”

At her friend’s side, Kelle added about her time in the band: “It’s been life-changing for me. Obviously the music and the fans are very important.”

Vernie broke her silence in the row, seemingly refuting claims made by Louise’s team when she issued a statement about how she has been “blessed to connect with so many diverse and wonderful people from all walks of life during my career.”

Singer Vernie released a statement saying: “I am “eternally” grateful for the family, friends and incredible fans who have supported and continue to support our incredible journey and artistry.

‘I have been fortunate to connect with so many diverse and wonderful people from all walks of life during my career. You all have a piece of my heart.

‘While it is impossible and counterproductive to respond to the overwhelming number of statements and accusations made recently online, I place this moment in God’s hands.

“I truly appreciate everyone who continues to express love and support for my family and the Eternal.”

Nineties pop stars Vernie and Easther plan to push ahead with the band's reunion with the help of new singer Christel Lakhdar (pictured).

Nineties pop stars Vernie and Easther plan to push ahead with the band's reunion with the help of new singer Christel Lakhdar (pictured).

Nineties pop stars Vernie and Easther plan to push ahead with the band’s reunion with the help of new singer Christel Lakhdar (pictured).

Louise and Kelle walked out of an Eternal reunion because Vernie and Easther had refused to play any LBGTQ+ concerts over accusations that the community is being “hijacked” by the trans movement (Louise, left, and Kelle, right, pictured in September of last year).

Eternal’s original manager Denis Ingoldsby had furiously defended Easther and Vernie, who remain his clients, previously insisting they were “devastated” and accusing Louise’s team of misrepresenting details of a private email.

He told Sky News: ‘They have been criticized by Louise and her team and are all totally appalled by their bullying behavior in totally twisting the situation to suit their own goals.

‘The girls emailed Louise’s camp saying they loved playing Pride and loved the spirit of the event.

“For their team to go on record as saying they are homophobic is absolutely scandalous. This has nothing to do with gay rights.

Speaking to The Mirror, Denis also claimed that there were no confirmed or contracted dates for the reunion with the original four girls. Louise’s team denied this to the publication.

Denis added that the dispute “has nothing to do with gay rights” and that the sisters have played “numerous LGBTQ+ concerts.”

She added: “Vernie said she was worried the Pride movement was being hijacked, and she’s not alone, but now this has been used as a weapon against her, and Louise’s team is trying to shut it down.”

Louise’s publicist, Simon Jones, has stated that they stand by their previous comments, telling the publication: “Denis Ingoldsby was not involved in discussions about the Eternal reunion, including the four members, for the past two years. Easther and Vernie they can try to disguise him however they want.

The duo will perform on a pop-up stage in the NEC car park in Birmingham in May, with tickets costing £50 (Vernie pictured in 2022).

The duo will perform on a pop-up stage in the NEC car park in Birmingham in May, with tickets costing £50 (Vernie pictured in 2022).

The duo will perform on a pop-up stage in the NEC car park in Birmingham in May, with tickets costing £50 (Vernie pictured in 2022).

‘The fact is that the duo said they would only do the reunion Eterna if it didn’t include Pride or LGBTQ+ festivals.

“Obviously, Louise would not agree to exclude the LGBTQ+ community from her tour plans. We, as a team, do not at all agree with dividing the LGBTQ+ community or excluding trans people.’

And he added: “Absolutely nothing has been distorted.

‘We have simply explained the reason why the Eternal meeting is not taking place with Louise and Kelle.

‘It is a fact that an email was sent saying that Vernie and Easther would only do the Eternal reunion if no Pride or LGBTQ+ festivals were included in the plan.

“Louise obviously would not agree to exclude the LGBTQ+ community from the band’s touring plans and, as such, notified the duo that she would not be participating.”

Louise addressed her decision to retire from the tour by sharing the Progress Pride Flag on her Instagram Stories, writing: “Always and forever.”

The flag was created in 2018 by non-binary artist Daniel Quasar and is largely based on the iconic 1978 rainbow flag.

The black and brown stripes represent marginalized LGBTIQ+ people of color and the triad of blue, pink and white are from the trans flag.

Eternal, who rose to stardom in the ’90s, were planning a big reunion tour this year, whose highlights included performances at Pride and Mighty Hoopla.

Both festivals celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, however, the tour dates were apparently not well received by band members Easther and Vernie.

It was revealed that Louise and her team received a message from Vernie and Easther, stating that they would not be participating in any Pride shows or LGBTQ+ festivals.

Louise’s publicist said: “A message was sent to the team that organized the Eternal reunion stating that if it went ahead, neither Vernie nor Easther would be performing at Pride shows or LGBTQ+ festivals.

Louise (left) said last year: 'I would always have loved to meet up with the girls. I have so much love for what we've done together and Kelle and I remain the best of friends.

Louise (left) said last year: 'I would always have loved to meet up with the girls. I have so much love for what we've done together and Kelle and I remain the best of friends.

Louise (left) said last year: ‘I would always have loved to meet up with the girls. I have so much love for what we’ve done together and Kelle and I remain the best of friends.

Last year, Louise addressed her decision to retire from the tour by sharing the Progress Pride Flag on her Instagram Stories, writing: “Always and forever.”

‘This was because the duo felt that the trans community was hijacking the gay community and they do not support it.

‘Louise is a huge supporter and ally of the LGBTQ+ community and both she and Kelle told the duo that they would not work with anyone who held these views and, as such, the foursome’s meeting would not take place.

“The team behind the proposed Eternal reunion is gay, including management, PR and the tour promoter, and neither I nor anyone on the team would work with artists who held such views on the trans community.”

Louise has performed as a soloist at many Pride events over the years.

Last summer she took the stage alone at Brighton Pride in August.

The Eternal tour was to be the first time the original line-up would perform together since Louise quit in 1995 to pursue a solo career.

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