British chart toppers Atomic Kitten have reportedly split over singer Natasha Hamilton's lack of dedication to the band - but the sexy trio are vowing to go-ahead with their forthcoming tour.

The WHOLE AGAIN girl group - Liz Mcclarnon, Jenny Frost and Hamilton - held crisis talks on Monday (26JAN04) after Natasha failed to show at a meeting with fashion giants Dolce And Gabbana, who are providing clothes for the band's upcoming live shows.

Reports of their imminent split have been rife since last year (03), when Natasha admitted she was suffering with post natal depression after the birth of her son JOSH and fears were sparked about her diminishing physical state - factors which have reportedly forced her to miss out on several of the band's appointments.

Now the threesome have decided to go their separate ways when their tour - which kicks off on 18 February (04) - finishes at the end of March.

A source tells Britain's DAILY MIRROR newspaper, "Natasha's dedication to the rest of the band was lacking and that's what led to the split. It had been on the cards but Jenny and Liz were desperate to hold things together.

"But when she didn't show up for the crucial meeting of D+G, that was the final straw. It's about the seventh or eighth time she hasn't turned up for an engagement and I think they realised they had taken things as far as they could."

30/01/2004 02:23