Nicole Appleton Still A Saint After All

Nicole Appleton has issued a statement answering a media report that said she had left All Saints with assurances that she will be touring with the band when they head out on the road next Spring.

That statement follows a week of speculation in the wake of a London newspaper story that said Nicole had quit the band. The London Sun reported that Appleton had left the taping of a BBC New Years Eve show in tears and refused to perform at an awards show a few days later, causing All Saints to cancel their appearance.

Following that report, the four All Saints members issued a joint statement that seemed to confirm at least parts of the tabloid tale, but did not specifically address the story. It said that the "odd row was inevitable" and that the group would be taking some "time to reflect." (see "All Saints Break, But No Break Up)

Bandmates Shaznay Lewis and Natalie Appleton then left for a promotional tour of the

states without Nicole. (Melanie Blatt is on temporary leave following the birth of her daughter).

A spokeperson for the band's label confirmed to England's Dot Music that there had been a tiff, but told the publication they were trying to work it out.

Apparently the break did some good. Appleton's brief statement said she was looking forward to touring and recording a second album with the band.