Loose Women’s Kéllé Bryan breaks silence amid ex-band Eternal’s ‘homophobia row’

Loose Women star Kéllé Bryan has broken her silence after it was revealed that she pulled out of the band Eternal’s reunion tour alongside her bandmate Louise Redknapp.

The girl group, who were massive throughout the 90s, were due to perform next year at Mighty Hoopla as part of their reunion tour, which is a popular event within the LGBTQ+ community.

Kéllé and Louise were apparently stunned when other bandmates, sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett claimed they didn't want to perform at the festival because of its ties to the trans community.

The former singer shared a statement on X, formally known as Twitter, where she stated she is an “advocate for inclusion and equality for all”.

The Loose Women panellist said: “Opportunities to reunite for an Eternal union tour with the girls has been discussed many times over the year. As mothers, the right opportunity and timing for all of our schedules have been tricky to arrange.

"The relationship with our fans and the joy of celebrating our success was, and still is my motivation. My stance and allegiances have always been that I am an advocate for inclusion and equality for all.

“Thank you for your continued support over three decades. God bless, Kelle x.”

Louise's manager Simon Jones revealed to the BBC that “a message was sent to the team” who were putting together the band’s reunion tour and stated that “neither Vernie nor Easther would perform at Pride shows or LGBTQ+ festivals”.

The statement said: "This was because the duo felt that the gay community was being hijacked by the trans community and they do not support this.”

Louise’s manager went on to say that both Louise and Kéllé would “not work with anyone who held these views”.

"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,” he said.

OK! Has contacted Easther and Vernie Bennett’s representatives for comment.

The girl band Eternal are well known for their hits Stay and I Wanna Be The Only One. The band, who shot to fame in the 90’s, have sold more than 10 million records worldwide, including one million copies of their first album Always and Forever.

Louise left the band after their first album in 1995 and started a solo career, while Kéllé quit the band in 1998.

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