Louise Redknapp quits Eternal Reunion over LGBTQ row | Ents & Arts News

Louise Redknapp has pulled out of an Eternal Reunion tour following claims two of the girl band’s members refused to play LGBTQ festivals and Pride events.

The 1990s girl group – whose hits include Always & Forever and I Wanna Be The Only One – were due to reunite next year.

But sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett reportedly refused to play certain dates because of objections to trans problems.

Redknapp and the fourth band member, Kelle Bryan, are believed to have pulled out of the reunion as a result.

Redknapp’s publicist, Simon Jones, confirmed the development in a statement to Sky News.

“A message was sent to the team putting together the Eternal Reunion that if it were to go ahead neither Vernie nor Easther would be performing at Pride shows or LGBTQ+ festivals.

“It was because the duo felt that the gay community was being hijacked by the trans community and they do not support this.

“Louise is a huge supporter and ally of the LGBTQ+ community and both herself and Kelle told the duo that they would not work with anyone who held these views and as such the foursome reunion would not go ahead.

“The team behind the proposed Eternal Reunion are gay – including management, PR and tour promoter – and neither myself nor any of the team would work with artists who held such views about the trans community.”

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Sky News has contacted Easther and Vernie Bennett for a response to the allegations.

Allegations of the disagreement were first reported by the Mirror on Saturday.

On Sunday, Redknapp posted a picture of the Progress Pride flag on his social media, with the caption Always & Forever, which was the title of Eternals’ first album.

Kelle Bryan shared a statement on Instagram on Monday, saying an eternal reunion tour had been “discussed many times over the years” but that “as mothers, the right opportunity and timing” had been “difficult to arrange”.

She added: “My position and allegiance has always been that I am an advocate for inclusion and equality for all.”

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Eternal formed in 1992, as the UK’s answer to American hit girl band En Vogue.

Their debut album Always & Forever was the first album by a girl group to sell more than one million copies in the UK, and they went on to have fourteen top 15 UK hits and four top 10 albums.

Redknapp left the group in 1995 to pursue a solo career.

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