Louise Redknapp drops Eternal reunion over bandmates ‘not doing LGBT+ events’

Tuesday 26 September 2023

Louise Redknapp’s agent has announced that she is pulling out an Eternal reunion over her two former bandmates allegedly saying they are not going to “perform at Pride shows or LGBTQ+ festivals”.

The singer and former Strictly Come Dancing star, 48, rose to fame with the 90s girl group – which had a string of hits including I Wanna Be The Only One, Stay, Just A Step From Heaven and Power Of A Woman.

It is claimed that sisters Vernie Bennett and Easther Bennett have alleged that “the gay community was being hijacked by the trans community and they do not support this”.

Redknapp and Kelle Bryan will now not be performing, it was announced.

Redknapp’s agent Simon Jones said in a statement: “A message was sent to the team putting together the Eternal reunion stating that if it was to go ahead, neither Vernie nor Easther would perform at Pride shows or LGBTQ+ festivals.

“This was because the duo felt that the gay community was being hijacked by the trans community and they do not support this.

Eternal sisters Easther Bennett and Vernie Bennett (Getty Images)

“Louise is a huge supporter and ally of the LGBTQ+ community, and both herself and Kelle told the duo they would not work with anyone who held these views, and as such the reunion as a four would not be going ahead.

“The team behind the proposed Eternal reunion are gay including management, PR and tour promoter, and neither myself nor any of the team would work with artists who held such views about the trans community.”

Louise Redknapp posted this picture of a Pride flat to X

She has not addressed the issue on social media directly, but posted an image of a Pride flag to Instagram on Sunday with the caption: “Always & forever.”

Redknapp had on Wednesday praised Easther’s voice on Stay as “absolutely killing that opening note” and wished a “happy 30th Anniversary to my Eternal girls Kelle, Easther and Vernie” after the song was released in 1993.