Rachel Stevens puts on brave smile in first outing since Paul Cattermole's death

Rachel Stevens puts on brave smile in first outing since Paul Cattermole's death


Rachel Stevens bravely painted on a smile as she was seen in public for the first time since the death of bandmate Paul Cattermole.

News of the S Club 7 star’s death aged 46 shocked everyone earlier this month, with the group announcing their devastation with a statement.

Sharing a picture of Cattermole on Instagram, the band wrote at the time: ‘We are truly devastated by the passing of our brother Paul.

‘There are no words to describe the deep sadness and loss we all feel.

‘We were so lucky to have had him in our lives and are thankful for the amazing memories we have.

‘He will be so deeply missed by each and every one of us.

‘We ask that you respect the privacy of his family and of the band at this time.’

His fellow Bring It All Back hitmakers later paid tribute, with Tina Barrett penning a sweet poem, and Jo O’Meara writing that she was ‘heartbroken’.

Meanwhile, Stevens, 45, said she hopes Cattermole ‘knew how loved he was’.

Stepping out on Thursday (April 13), the mum-of-two headed to Global Studios in London to record her Heart 00s Radio show.

She cut a casual figure in a striped jumper and black jeans, covering her eyes with oversized shades.

The Sweet Dreams My LA Ex singer wore a slight smile as she headed into work, following her recent loss.

Taking to social media a few days after Cattermole’s shock death, the former Dancing On Ice star shared a black and white image of her late friend.

‘Thank you so much for all your beautiful messages of love and support 💔🙏🏻The out pouring of love for our Paul has been so incredibly special and has meant so much. I hope he knew how loved he was ❤️,’ she wrote.

‘Such a kind, gentle and sensitive soul with the most incredible energy and such a wild free spirit. He would light up any room 💫.

‘We are heartbroken but so grateful for the memories we all shared 🙏🏻
An absolute shining star who we will love and miss always. RIP darling Paul 💔.’

Cattermole and Stevens were due to join their bandmates later this year for a 25th-anniversary tour.

It’s not yet been announced whether the shows in the UK and Ireland will go ahead.

However, sadly, Cattermole was expressing his excitement just weeks before he died.

According to The Sun, a fan ran into Cattermole near his flat at lunchtime last Wednesday.

They described him as ‘very happy and chatty’, telling the outlet: ‘He told me the band were going back on tour and couldn’t hide how excited he was about it.

‘He was beaming when he said, “I’m going to smash it — it will be brilliant!”’

The fan went on to say that they left things with a friendly handshake when the famous singer explained he was rushing off to eat lunch with a friend.

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