Hannah Spearritt has spoken out about her devastation following the death of her S Club 7 bandmate Paul Cattermole.
The singer and actress, 42, has admitted she ‘can’t stop crying’ after pop star Paul passed away suddenly earlier this month aged 46.
An emotional Hannah has revealed how Paul was the most excited of the group ahead of S Club’s upcoming reunion arena tour, revealing that the pair, who had been together for seven years, had laughed and hugged when they met to ‘clear the air’. purge’ before the plans were finalized.
“It’s still so raw and I have those moments where I don’t quite believe it’s real. I still can’t believe I’ll never see him again,” she said The sun.
“It’s all the more tragic because he was looking forward to the tour the most of all of us. He just wanted to have fun and enjoy it.’
Distraught: Hannah Spearritt, 42, has spoken of her devastation following the death of her S Club 7 bandmate Paul Cattermole (pictured in September)
Sad news: The singer and actress has admitted she ‘can’t stop crying’ after pop star Paul died suddenly earlier this month at the age of 46 (Hannah and Paul pictured in 2005)
Paul was found dead at his home in Dorset on April 6.
The sad news came six months before the S Club 7 tour was due to take place in October.
Hannah shared how she received a message from her management team asking her to contact them.
She explained, “I called the number and was told, ‘Paul has sadly passed away, Paul has passed away'”.
‘I didn’t understand anything and I had so many questions. I tried to process it, but I just couldn’t.’
Hannah has focused on her life with her loved ones – partner Adam Thomas, 42, and their children Taya, four, and Tora, two.
However, Hannah said she is overwhelmed with grief when she is alone, adding ‘my heart is broken for him and his family’.
Hannah said Paul was happier than he had been in years, which makes it “even more heartbreaking.”
Back together: (L-R) Paul, Rachel Stevens, Jo O’Meara, Jon Lee, Hannah, Bradley McIntosh and Tina Barrett are seen this February before announcing their upcoming reunion tour
Heyday: (L-R) Paul, Tina, Bradley, Jo, Rachel, Jon and Hannah are seen in Los Angeles, California in 1999 as the band films their BBC television series in the US
Oerstar Hannah expressed her gratitude for the “heartwarming” messages of support from fans, saying they had brought “a little ray of sunshine into the darkness.”
S Club 7 announced in February this year that they would embark on a reunion tour in October to celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band.
Hannah and Paul dated for seven years and finally went through a rough breakup as a couple in 2015.
Their management arranged to meet with a mediator so they could resolve their differences in January.
Hannah said she wanted to look to the future and make sure they could work together in harmony and not make the rest of the band feel uncomfortable.
After their initial nerves wore off, she said the pair spoke fondly of their time working together as a band in the ’90s.
The pair first met when Hannah was 13, when they were both members of the National Youth Music Theatre.
They were both chosen three years later for S Club 7, which was put together by the Spice Girls’ manager, Simon Fuller, when Paul was approached directly and Hannah auditioned.
Looking back: Hannah and Paul dated for seven years and went through a rough breakup as a couple in 2015 (pictured in November 2004)
Performance art: The pair, who first met as teenagers when they were part of the National Youth Music Theatre, can be seen on stage in London in 2001
They later moved into a flat in London’s East Finchley, but they became romantically linked while filming for the group’s BBC television series Miami 7 in the United States in 1999, with Hannah describing Paul as “my first true love.”
Paul left S Club in 2022 and he and Hannah separated four years later.
They rekindled their romance when the pop group reunited in 2015, but they went their separate ways for good three months later.
It comes after Bradley McIntosh broke his silence to pay tribute to his late S Club 7 bandmate Paul Cattermole.
The singer spoke out on Friday after his bandmate was found dead at his home in Dorset on April 7, with an undisclosed cause of death.
Bradley, 41, wrote on Instagram alongside an old video of himself and Paul messing around putting on wigs in a shop at the height of their fame: “I can’t believe I’m writing this right now but like many of you know we lost our dear friend, fellow band member and big brother Paul last week.
Thank you for the good times, the memories and great love. We have had so many wonderful adventures together.
“I know you won’t be with us the next in the physical, but you will always be with us in our hearts and minds. Will miss you. love you brother. REST IN PEACE’
‘Gonna miss you:’ It comes after Bradley McIntosh shared a heartfelt tribute message to S Club 7 bandmate Paul after he passed away earlier this month aged 46 (pictured together in a throwback video)
Sad: He wrote, ‘I can’t believe I’m writing this now, but as many of you know we lost our dear friend, fellow band member and big brother Paul last week’
Devastated: Jo O’Meara broke her silence after the sudden death of her S Club 7 bandmate Paul Cattermole, saying she was ‘shocked and heartbroken’
Grateful: She shared a throwback photo of Paul on Instagram, writing, “Just wanted to reach out and thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the love and kindness you have shown during the tragic passing of our dearest soul Paul”
Tributes had already been paid to Paul by his other bandmates Rachel Stevens, 45, Jo O’Meara, 43, Jon Lee, 40, Tina Barrett, 46 and Hannah.
Jo wrote on social media: ‘I just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the love and kindness you have shown at the tragic passing of our dearest soul Paul.
“This has been utterly devastating and I am totally shocked and heartbroken.
“We have lost someone so incredibly special to all of us, and there is a tremendous sense of sadness that will never go away.
“Paul will forever be a huge part of our lives, and I will forever cherish the memories we made! I will always love you Paul, God bless you my love, Rest in Peace Eternal Love JoJo.’
Rachel added, “Thank you so much for all your beautiful messages of love and support. The outpouring of love for our Paul has been so incredibly special and has meant so much. I hope he knew how loved he was.
‘Such a kind, gentle and sensitive soul with the most incredible energy and such a wild free spirit. He would light up any room.
“We are heartbroken, but so thankful for the memories we all shared. An absolute shining star that we will always love and miss. RIP dear Paul.’
Moving: Tina, 46, wrote a poem in memory of Paul whom she described as a ‘shining star, full of character and life’
S Club: Tina accompanied the touching poem with a photo from when they were on tour. The band surrounded Paul as he played the guitar
And Tina said, “Goodbye dear Paul, your star shines so brightly, forever in our hearts, sleep well and good night.”
The band also said on Twitter in a joint statement: ‘We are truly devastated by the passing of our brother Paul.
“There are no words to describe the deep sadness and loss we all feel. We were so lucky to have him in our lives and are thankful for the great memories we have.
“He will be so greatly missed by all of us. We ask that you respect the privacy of his family and the band at this time.”