S Club star reveals hardships of being in a pop band at age 11

S Club Juniors popstar Frankie Bridge has spoken publicly about the hardships she faced coming out of a pop band at such a young age.

Frankie featured on Friday afternoon’s episode of Loose Women as a special guest, alongside S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens.

Speaking to hosts Kaye Adams and Jane Moore, Frankie told viewers that it was difficult for her to live a normal life after joining the young pop group at the age of 11.

“We always had chaperones, home-schooling, tutors. We used to do school work on the tour bus. I suppose we were quite protected at the time.”

S Club Juniors was formed in 2001 after the band members were put together through the CBBC reality show ‘S Club Search’. Frankie was 11 years old when she and her bandmates were signed to the record labels Polydor and Fascination, managed by Simon Fuller.

Alongside Frankie, S Club Juniors’ other members included Calvin Goldspink, Daisy Evans, Jay Asforis, Stacey McClean, Aaron Renfree, Hannah Richings and Rochelle Humes.



The band joined S Club 7 on the S Club United tour in 2003.
The band joined S Club 7 on the S Club United tour in 2003.

The group disbanded in 2004 when Frankie was 15. It was then that she attempted to launch a solo career by releasing the duet “Dreaming” with S Club Juniors bandmate Calvin Goldspink.

During the Loose Women interview, Scottish host Kaye Adams turned to Frankie to ask, “Didn’t you tell me once that you were meant to be the next ‘Rachel’?”

Frankie, now 32, responded: “When I finished in S Club Juniors, I signed on my own for a little bit with Simon Fuller, who was our manager. At the time, Rachel was really successful with a solo career, and I kind of felt like at the time, they were trying to model my solo career on Rachel’s.”

Three years after attempting to launch her solo career, Frankie joined her S Club Juniors bandmate Rochelle to form the girl group The Saturdays in 2007.

Speaking on the ITV show, she reflected on the lack of guidance she felt she had after leaving the show.

“I couldn’t walk into a shop and tell you what clothes I liked in there. I couldn’t tell you what music I really listened to.

“Coming out and going, ‘what should I do today?’ – going from being told what to do every single day – where you’ve got to be, when you’re going to eat – pretty much when you can go to the loo.”



Frankie's second band, The Saturdays, went on hiatus in 2014.
Frankie’s second band, The Saturdays, went on hiatus in 2014.

Frankie described her younger years as being “so structured”, which led to her struggling with the amount of freedom and control she had once leaving S Club Juniors.

She also revealed that difficulty making her own decisions still affects her to this day, including decide where to go on holiday without the help of her former England footballer husband, Wayne Bridge.

“When I first met Wayne, going to an airport on my own and having to figure that out for myself, I was like ‘this is ridiculous, I’m a grown human’, but you just kind of follow. It’s weird.”

Rachel agreed with her S Club colleague that being in a band at such a young age was an odd experience.

“You don’t have to think about anything,” Rachel told the hosts. “Like Frankie said, it was all so fast. It was a crazy time.”