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Siobhan Fahey

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Siobhan Fahey is a British singer most famous for her membership in pop group Bananarama and her own duo Shakespears Sister.

Fahey was born in Dunshaughlin, County Meath, Ireland, where she lived for about two years, before moving to Germany where her father was posted as a soldier in the British Army. The family subsequently moved to England, living in various areas, while Fahey was sent to a convent school in Edinburgh. When she was fourteen she and her family moved to Hertfordshire, and two years later she left home for London.

There she took a course in fashion journalism where she met Sarah Dallin and Keren Woodward, and with the help of Sex Pistols member Paul Cook, the trio formed Bananarama. She helped to co-write many of the group’s international hits, including “Cruel Summer”, “Robert DeNiro’s Waiting”, “I Heard a Rumour”, and “Love in the First Degree”. Throughout her time with Bananarama, she contributed to the group’s style and image, and frequently changed her hair styles and colours.

Fahey married Dave Stewart of Eurythmics in 1987. The couple had two sons, Sam and Django, before splitting up in 1996.

In 1988, Fahey left Bananarama, and formed the critically-acclaimed Shakespears Sister. The band was nominated for numerous awards and showed a darker side to Fahey, who appeared in the band’s music videos and on-stage as a vampish glam figure. In the wake of the hugely successful second album Hormonally Yours, in 1993 Fahey admitted herself into a psychiatric unit with severe depression.

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