It’s been a tough few years for Stevens. In her new autobiography, Finding My Voice, she talks about the benefits of a more practical coping strategy: therapy. It was there for her when her marriage of 13 years to the real estate mogul Alex Bourne broke down in 2022 (the pair have two daughters), and again when Cattermole died suddenly of heart failure a year later. His death came shortly after the announcement of an S Club 7 reunion to celebrate their 25th anniversary and the kind of success that saw them land two Brit awards, a top 10 single in the US and sales of more than 10m albums worldwide.

It was the band’s long-term assistant who first raised an alarm when she couldn’t get hold of Cattermole on the phone. “Paul was always the person who would come back to her first – I was always the last,” she says with a smile. “I was reassuring, but I did think it was worrying. Then, a couple of days later, we were all on a group call and that’s how we found out. It was so hard.” She takes a deep breath. “It was lovely spending time with him and getting to know him now, and not as kids. We hadn’t got together loads before he passed away, but the times we did he was really excited.”

She smiles the biggest grin when I ask what he was like. “Oh my God, he had a wild energy. Fun, funny, quirky, an eccentric sense of humour. But sensitive. A very spiritual soul. That’s one of the driving forces behind my book – we see people in the public eye and we make up our own minds, but no one knows what that person is going through. There’s so much depth to all of us, and we all have a story to tell. We don’t all live a charmed life.”

After a short delay, the decision was made to continue with the tour. “We were all processing what had happened, initially,” she says. “We had to stop and be there for each other. We were mindful of his family. We were never going to not do the tour, it just became a special tribute to him, and for him, and for the fans.” While mental health and duty of care wasn’t at the forefront of the music industry in the early 00s, this time the band, minus Spearritt who chose not to join the tour after Cattermole’s death…

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