Irish girlband B*witched might have looked like sunshine and rainbows during their heyday in 2001, but lead singer Edele Lynch has opened up about the truth behind the façade and why reuniting this year has been testing.
Between 1998 and 2002, they were one of the biggest pop groups Ireland had ever produced with eight singles and two albums under their best.
The four piece pop band consisting of twins Keavy and Edele Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinead O’Carroll, battled serious nerves ahead of their performance on ITV’s The Big Reunion, currently airing Thursdays at 9pm.
Edele and Sinead had a famous falling out following the band’s split, and Edele has spoken for the first time about what happened behind the scenes. “We were best friends for ten years, we were almost like a married couple without the intimacy,” she told the latest issue of Heat magazine. “Then one day, the whole dynamic just seemed to change – that’s where my heartache came from. Because I felt so hurt, Keavy also hadn’t spoken to her in ten years.”
Among the foursome, there were a few clashes in personalities. Edele revealed that her and Lindsay had some issues as well. “I was quite a strong character and Lindsay seemed to have an issue with that,” she added. “I had no idea why. She always seemed quite quiet and we didn’t have much of a relationship, not that we weren’t friends. She felt that she faded into the background and said, ‘You made me like that’. I felt that was unfair because I wasn’t horrible to her.”
Edele’s twin sister Keavy struggled to cope after the band split in 2002. “In the band, Keavy was completely exhausted and she hated all the attention on her,” Edele continued. “She was completely lost and just didn’t want to wake up in the morning - she didn’t want to be alive. After the band split, I had hours a day on the phone for months just trying to keep her head above water.”
Was she apprehensive about the reunion? “It was really tense, I said: ‘I don’t even know if I want to go in’.” I was feeling really weird and didn’t expect it. I thought I’d be more positive about it. There were loads of issues we hadn’t discussed back in the day. It was quite a tough time.”
However, the girls seem to have all buried the hatchet and are now focusing their energies into The Big Reunion and there's even talk of them releasing new material.