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It was hard to move in the nineties without hearing about B*Witched as they celebrated a string of number ones and the schedule to match.
But despite all their success, the band were suddenly dropped while they were recording their third album.
Singer Keavy Lynch, who was in the band with her sister Edele, Lindsay Armaou and Sinéad O’Carroll, has spoken about the effect it had on her life.
“I think the biggest shock for most of us, was from the time we began to the time we ended, we had our schedule from January to January,” she exclusively told Digital Spy. “It was jam-packed, we had about three or four days off each year, it was manic.”
Keavy admits the band didn’t even choose what they ate, with the manager handing them something to eat as they drove to their next destination.
“It was a weird thing where we were in reality but we were walking around going, ‘I literally don’t know what I want, I can choose anything, but I am completely lost’. It was the oddest thing having to integrate back in to how we used to live.”
Speaking about her darkest moments, Keavy said: “I got to the point in my life where I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to live, I get quite tearful saying that now. I haven’t thought about that in a long time.”
After breaking down on a night out with Edele, Keavy realised she needed help.
“When I look back now, I just think that I can’t believe I was in a place where I found it so hard to say that I need help.
“It’s the stigma attached to it. I just didn’t feel brave enough to say I wasn’t doing okay because I thought people would judge me or they’d laugh. It was the best thing I ever did and I wish I did it years earlier.”
The mum-of-one admitted that her experiences gave her major concerns about taking part in the ITV2 show, The Big Reunion.
Studying counselling at the time, it took Keavy eight months to agree to the show, and she put her foot down with some conditions.
“I thought I’ll make it different this time, so when I did the reunion I said that I don’t want my life to change as it is, I’m doing my studies and if you can work around that then I’m in, and they did. I missed some filming days because I was at college and they respected that.”
Since then, B*Witched have continued to tour and will be bringing new music out very soon.
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The group are performing at London’s The Grand on May 3 for their The Grand Goes Pop! event. Keavy and Edele’s brother, Boyzone star Shane Lynch, is also doing a DJ set with Ben Ofoedu from Phats & Small supporting.
Revealing what a B*Witched show is like now, Keavy said: “We have dedicated fans and who have been there since day one and now they bring their children which is amazing.
“It makes sense because they are bringing back the times when they felt really good, and their children are the age where they would have listened to our music the first time round.
“It was so weird when we first began seeing adult faces in the crown, and drinking alcohol because that had never happened at one of our concerts.”
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