Bucks Fizz – where are they now? Fight against cancer, bankruptcy and meningitis
Bucks Fizz became a hit after winning Eurovision in 1981. The group consisted of Bobby G, Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston.
Bucks Fizz was at the peak of bubbly ’80s pop music, releasing hits like The Land Of Make Believe and Making Your Mind Up.
The group, made up of Bobby G, Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston, shot to fame after winning the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest.
Jay left the group several years later and was replaced by Shelley Preston.
Today there are two versions of the pop group – one with original member Bobby G and another version, called The Fizz, featuring the other three original members.
Although the original group may not be together, the stars are still performing and have even released music in recent years.
But where are the singers now?
Jay Aston, 60, has had a tough few years due to an illness in the family as well as the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, she revealed that she had been struck down by coronavirus and was even having trouble moving.
According to The sunshe wrote: “That was the time…fit and bouncing…now back in bed not moving much, full of Covid…thanks China or maybe Morrison.
“We’ve been so careful but it’s a Trojan horse. Disinfect sanitizer all! pandemic #covid#home#lockdown.”
Being affected by the virus came after she was given the green light of oral cancer.
The singer faced a difficult journey to recovery when she was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2018.
Jay underwent a biopsy before undergoing a seven-hour operation to remove 40% of his tongue.
Doctors made a new tongue using tissue from her thigh and removed her top teeth as a precaution if she needed chemotherapy.
The doctors informed her that the cancer was gone just 10 days after the operation.
Jay also recently revealed that his daughter was hospitalized after being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.
The 18-year-old girl was rushed to intensive care and placed in an induced coma after her organs began to fail.
Almost a month later, she is still in a specialist nephrology unit and has been told she will bear permanent scars.
Cheryl Baker, 68, has been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic in recent years.
In 2021, the singer revealed she was selling her old mattress as the pandemic left her “totally broke”.
She even grew her own vegetables for food and struggled to “pay the taxes”.
At the time, she took to Facebook to advertise a mattress, which she described as “a little stained but nothing too bad”.
“Clothes and all kinds,” Cheryl previously said The daily mail what she sells to make money. “My girls do it for me.
“Although I don’t have proper jewelry, everything is fake, including my furniture and the paintings on the wall!”
There was a time in 2016 when she was so strapped for money that she found work as a cold caller.
Mike Nolan, now 67, has had many ups and downs since joining the 80s pop band.
Towards the end of 1984, the band was on the tour bus when it crashed into a truck, injuring all four members.
Mike was so badly injured that he fell into a coma and read the last rites.
“I remember seeing Cheryl lying in the hospital with all that oil and glass in her hair, and having the worst headaches imaginable,” Mike told Mirror.
“Then I was in a coma for six weeks. I don’t remember anything, but I died and they revived me. It means I’m not afraid of dying now, I saw that there was nothing to fear.”
Following the accident, Mike will be on lifelong epilepsy pills.
Mike released his first solo album in early 2013 titled In My Life. His band, The Fizz, also toured in 2015.
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While three of the members formed The Fizz, Bobby G still performs under the band’s original name with other stars.
He had won the use of the band’s original name in a court battle. Bobby now performs with his wife and two other singers.
Cheryl previously spoke about the former member and said: “He did a few shows with us in 2004 but it was obvious he wasn’t comfortable.
“Now with the three of us, I would say it’s the best line-up we’ve ever had.”
Reportedly, the singer even turned down the chance to reunite with his former bandmates to celebrate the 40th anniversary.
He previously opened up about his former colleagues and said: “They are very bitter. What upset them the most was that I fought the case and they lost.
“It cost them a lot of money. They even had to pay me.”
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