In the whirlwind of stardom that was the 1990s, Hannah Spearritt stood out as a shining pop sensation, a vivacious member of the chart-topping group S Club 7. Today, at the age of forty-one, her life has taken an unexpected and heart-wrenching turn. No longer basking in the limelight, she is grappling with the harsh reality of homelessness, forced to share an office space with her two young children.
Spearritt, whose name was synonymous with pop stardom in the 1990s, shattered the illusion of celebrity wealth when she revealed her current dire circumstances. Contrary to popular belief, she is not a “millionaire” but a mother fighting to provide a roof over her family’s heads after losing their home during the holiday season.
Her family, including her daughters Tea, aged four, and Tora, aged two, along with their father, fitness instructor Adam Thomas, are now trapped in a relentless cycle of paycheck-to-paycheck living, with no permanent home to call their own. The stark contrast between her past fame and her current predicament forces her to confront her daughters with the painful truth of their situation.
Their journey into homelessness began when the family was abruptly uprooted from their London rental, which was unexpectedly sold, leaving them without a place to call home. Over the past year, they have shuffled from one temporary accommodation to another, desperately seeking stability. Their current refuge is an office space generously offered by a friend.
In her own words, Spearritt recounted, “The kids’ beds were there, and we had the crayons out. It was stressful. Our landlord needed the money, and the property sold so fast. We ended up with under two days to leave. What screwed us is we didn’t have time to find another place. We had somewhere over Christmas but ran out of time before we could move in. It was just a couple of weeks. We filled the unopened café with our belongings — we were so lucky to have that storage space — but had nowhere to go.”
She added, “We were allowed to stay in our friend’s office. We just used it as our living room. We could work in there, and the kids played. It was extra space. The kids’ beds were there, and we had the crayons out. The climbing frame was up; it was fun for them. It was stressful, but you deal with it, don’t you? Especially with the kids. Whatever doesn’t break you, as they say.”
Despite her glory days with S Club 7, where she earned a meager £150,000 annually while the band generated millions in revenue, Spearritt wants the world to know the reality behind the pop star facade. She emphasized that the teenage performers were “not on a good wage compared to the money being made” and dispelled the myth of their wealth.
Reflecting on her time with the pop sensation, Spearritt acknowledged, “It is what it is.” While she briefly reunited with S Club 7 for an arena tour in 2015, the details of her earnings from those performances remain undisclosed.
Hopes for a brighter future were dashed when her plans to open a café last summer crumbled due to “personal reasons.”
Hannah Spearritt’s journey is a stark reminder that fame can be fleeting, and life’s twists and turns can lead to unexpected destinations. Her story is one of resilience, strength, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and her children as they navigate the uncharted waters of homelessness.
In the 1990s, she dazzled us with her talent; today, she inspires us with her courage in the face of adversity.