Pop group Steps announced on Boxing Day that they have split up so they can all pursue solo careers. A joint statement delivered by group members Claire Richards, Faye Tozer, Ian “H” Watkins, Lee Evans and Lisa Scott-Lee reads:
After five incredible years, we have decided it’s time to move on to new challenges.
We have always said that when the time came, we would leave as good friends and go out while we were on top, as although we are very sad, that’s what we have done.
We are looking forward to making our next plans but for now we just want to send our heartfelt thanks and love to all the people who have supported us – you truly are the best fans in the world.
Geri Halliwell Oman Shows Cost $650,000!
December 8, 2001 – Steps are blasting their Oman touring partner Geri Halliwell for her diva behavior and expensive pricetag for the UK. Her $650,000 show caused H from Steps to say, “The soldiers out there are living in difficult conditions and I thought we owed them a bit more than acting like stupid, over-demanding popstars. In my view, Geri was out of order. People should know the truth about her.”
The latest Popbitch.com update includes Claire from Steps news as her younger sister says she harbors grudges towards her pop rivals. On the top of her list is S Club 7. She thinks they’re “copycats” As for Hear’Say, “Hear-today gone tomorrow,” she says. Claire reportedly liked Beppe from Eastenders, but after meeting him her affections were reversed as a result of his halitosis.
Geri & Steps Target Of Urine Bombs
November 16, 2001 – Popbitch.com reports ex Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and Steps were targets of beer cans containing a mixture of piss and the fluorescent liquid found inside glow sticks during their concert for British troops in Oman. While they say H Steps was naturally targeted, Geri was only bombed after shouting “You’re so brave” for the 50th time.
Steps Finished With Middle East Shows
October 31, 2001 – WENN reports pop group Steps who performed in Oman with Geri Halliwell for British troops say they won’t do it again. Singer H says, “I never want to do it again. It wasn’t very comforting knowing people were being killed not many miles away from me. I’ll never forget it for the rest of my life.”
Steps Bash Geri Halliwell Following Oman Gig
October 30, 2001 – UK pop group Steps have slammed Geri Halliwell for her prima donna behavior during the performance in Oman. Steps member H blasts, “The soldiers out there are living in difficult conditions and I thought we owed them a bit more than acting like stupid, over-demanding pop stars. In my view, Geri Halliwell was out of order.”