5ive’s Scott Robinson says fame went to Abz’s head and they haven’t spoken since he quit the band as feud continues

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He shot to fame as one fifth of boyband 5ive in the late 90s and, as a huge fan, I couldn’t wait to get Scott Robinson on the blower to ask him about his time in the group.

The 40-year-old was about go on tour with his bandmates Ritchie Neville and Sean Conlon until the global pandemic put a halt to their plans.

“Over 100 shows were taken out of the diary, but the problem is, there’s nowhere to put them back in,” Scott tells me when I speak to him from the Essex home he shares with wife Kerry and children Brennan, Kavan, Bobbi-Rayne and Kaydi-Rose.

“Not being able to go and earn a living is horrible. It’s looking like a long, long time before we’ll be able to get back out there.”

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Despite the band being hugely successful, topping the charts with hits such as Keep On Movin’ and Let’s Dance, Scott tells me it wasn’t always plain sailing and getting to travel the world sometimes came at a price.

“You’d open the window of your hotel and stare out and go, ‘I don’t even remember getting on a plane, so where am I?!’” he says.

Here, Scott talks to me about fallouts with his bandmates Jason ‘J’ Brown and Abz Love, reuniting for The Big Reunion and what he really thinks of his former boss Simon Cowell…

Hi Scott. How do you look back at your time in 5ive?

You know what, it really is full on. When I talk about it in interviews a lot of people think, “It must have been amazing being on Top Of The Pops, This Morning…” What they don’t see is the work that goes into being in a successful boyband. We were working 19-hour days.

Wow, that does sound full on!

It’s amazing and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but some mornings you’d wake up in a country and not even know where you were because you were so tired and jetlagged. It was hard work, but obviously it’s swings and roundabouts. You’re also winning awards, having No1 records. It is incredible, but it’s not until now that I appreciate it.

How old were you when you joined the band?

I was 17 and I left when I was 21. I can look back on it fondly now, but I didn’t appreciate it when I was in it, because you’re in the thick of it – you don’t know what’s going on.


Did you ever have dark times during those years?

Oh yeah! It’s been well documented that me and J didn’t always see eye to eye for a very, very long time. He was older than me and stronger than me and I felt he got everything his way, so I found that very, very difficult and I didn’t know how to deal with it back then.

How did you end up coping?

The more I felt he pushed me, the more I sort of went into myself. At the start, I’d be the chatty one, answering all the questions and then, if you look at footage of me two years in, I’m just sitting in the back with a cap on, thinking, “If you want the limelight, you take it.” Towards the very end, I’d cry before I had to go and do a photoshoot.

Have you and J ever sat down and put your issues on the table and discussed it?

Just before he said he didn’t want to do The Big Reunion, I called him and said, “Can I invite you to the pub for a pint?” and he said yeah. I sat in front of him, I didn’t wag my finger or be aggressive or shout, I just said, “J, I’m bigger now, I’m not gonna take any shit and I just want to let you know, I’m happy to be your friend, let bygones be bygones, draw a line under it. But I’m not going to be treated the way I was the first time round, I can assure you of that.”

What did he say?

To his credit, he said he didn’t quite realise it was as deep as that. He said he was under the same pressures as me and didn’t handle it as well as me.

I got back from my meeting with him and said to my wife Kerry, “He might have changed,” and I was more than happy to let it slide. Obviously when he didn’t rejoin the band, I said a few things on TV that he didn’t like, but if he phoned me tomorrow and said, “I’m down in Essex, do you want to go for a pint?” my answer would be yes because life’s too short. I’d be wary at first, but I’m sure after a couple of bevvies we’d be absolutely fine.


What’s your relationship like with the other boys today?

I love the boys now – me, Sean and Rich are like brothers, it’s amazing. This time round being in 5ive is an absolute joy.

What about Abz?

After he did Celebrity Big Brother, I felt like Abz sort of changed a bit. I’m not going to be horrible about the guy – I spent a long time with him – but in my opinion, he let that go to his head a little bit. When he came out, we were negotiating a big contract with ITV and he wanted more money than his peers, and I thought, “That’s not on,” and shortly afterwards he left the band on Twitter.

So you had no idea he was leaving until that tweet?

It was unbelievable, Bobs. He just tweeted, “As of today I’m no longer a member of 5ive official.” We read it along with everyone else. We had a massive show in Holland, which we were headlining – thousands of people at this festival, we’re the main act and all of a sudden there are only three of us.

Have you been in contact with Abz since then?

I haven’t spoken to him since. I looked at him like a brother. To know a person since we were kids and for them to leave your band publicly, without a phone call, did hurt me a bit. I think he should reach out and apologise, but he hasn’t. On the flip side, he’s very talented and I wish him the best in anything he does, because I don’t think it’s healthy being bitter about anything that’s happened.


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That’s a great attitude to have. 5ive were signed by Simon Cowell in the early days. What was it like working with him?

He’s actually what you see on TV, but a really nice guy and so clever. He knew music inside out. You always kind of knew he was going to go on to big things because the confidence he had in what he could do in the music industry was staggering. Me and Kerry would go to his house for dinner. He was a big part of my career.

How did you find doing The Big Reunion in 2013?

It was like opening a massive can of worms, but in a good way. There were so many unresolved issues. It was closing the book properly. I said what I wanted to say. It was like a therapy session really and enabled us to shut the chapter on that first time round properly and move forward without any skeletons in the closet. So I owe The Big Reunion a lot. ITV sort of gave me a second career.

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