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Sugababes Amelle in private clinic

Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah is being treated for nervous exhaustion in a private clinic.

Sugababes - Jade, Amelle and Heidi (Rex) The band’s management has blamed Amelle’s ill health on the stresses of the last few months, which lead to founding member Keisha Buchanan being sacked from the Sugababes.

A statement on the group’s website said: "It seems that with all the recent events in the band right up to Jade joining us a few weeks ago, the stress over a period of months has unfortunately taken its toll on Amelle and she is now suffering from a severe bout of nervous exhaustion. For the next three weeks, Amelle will be staying at a private health clinic in Europe where she will be able to rest and recuperate under expert supervision."

Heidi Range and new member Jade Ewen both added their own messages to the above statement: "Both Amelle and I have been through a very traumatic time together in recent months and particularly over the past few weeks." Jade added: "We're glad that Amelle is getting the right support now to help her return to work."

Amelle’s illness means two performances have been cancelled – one in Leeds and one on German television. The new Sugababes line-up had also been due to perform at the Scottish Royal Variety Performance last week, but pulled out due to "a number of legal issues to be finalised".

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