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20-11-2011
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I think it's a little Topshop number!

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Nicola in London to promote the Nokia Lumia 800 at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy (dailymail.co.uk):


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Shots from her new video for "Yo-Yo" (dailymail.co.uk):


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Nic out with Charlie at Mahiki's in London (same source):


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And an interview in the Live supplement of the Mail on Sunday, 4 December 2011 (same source):



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'You have to be nice to everyone in this business - even people who call you ugly': The world according to Nicola Roberts

The singer on dealing with cruel comments, the terror of meeting famous people and why the fun has gone out of the pop industry

Four years on from her last interview with Live and Nicola Roberts is almost unrecognisable. Gone is the painfully self-conscious wallflower, replaced by an ultra-confident woman keen to voice her opinions. Itís now nearly ten years since she was plucked from obscurity as a shy 16-year-old from Runcorn and propelled to global stardom as a member of Girls Aloud.

In 2002, the group achieved the Christmas No 1 with their debut single Sound Of The Underground, the first of 20 consecutive top-ten hits. Currently on hiatus, theyíve sold over ten million records worldwide. In 2008 Roberts launched her own make-up range, and recently she released her debut solo album, Cinderellaís Eyes, to widespread acclaim. Now 26, she lives in Surrey with her boyfriend, businessman Charlie Fennell.

The fun has gone out of the pop industry. In a way Girls Aloud rode the first wave of modern celebrity. When we started out as a band, weíd all go to a club, get very merry and pour ourselves into taxis at 4am. There were no camera phones clicking away. Then everything became so much more heightened. It became a different industry, a totally different world. Itís become too serious, too hard-nosed.

You have to be nice to everyone in this business Ė even people who call you ugly. You have to put grudges to one side. People have said truly horrible things about me. I donít think in terms of forgiveness; I just try to be professional about it. When I meet people whoíve called me ugly or whatever, I smile through it. Iím not going to make an issue of it. I havenít got it in me to be as nasty to other people as some people have been to me. I would never degrade myself by bringing myself down to their level. I would never frivolously slag someone off. Iím a far better person than that.

Iíd make a good psychiatrist. I can work people out very easily and very quickly. Iíve been like that since childhood. Iíve always been a keen observer of people. In any social situation Iíd much rather be on the periphery of things than at the centre. When Iím standing at the edge Iím comfortable in my own skin. When Iím standing in the middle itís all confusion.

I grew up much too fast. I went straight from school into the big world of Girls Aloud. Looking back, it was a crazy transition. I didnít feel strong at the time. It was hard for me to enjoy it all. If I could go back in time and have a word with my 16-year-old self, Iíd tell her to stop worrying about what everyone else thinks and concentrate on what makes her happy.

For ten years I was trying to be two people at once. I was a successful pop star, but I was also this bashful girl from Runcorn. I couldnít let go of the shy girl, so I had to be both people. But the person I had to be for work didnít go with the person who would go back home and hang out with her mates from school. It gave me a serious identity crisis, because I just didnít know how to be. I was these two people, and neither of them felt right. They were too remote from each other. It was a full-time job trying to reconcile them. Only recently have I learned how to bring the two together. It makes life so much easier.

Without the band Iíd be working on a cruise ship. Iíd still have been out there trying to be a singer. Iíd probably be working the nightclubs or cruise ships Ė anything to get my voice heard. Itís inconceivable that Iíd be doing anything else, like working in a shop or a factory. Music was in my blood and bones. Whether or not I was successful, thatís what I was going to do with my life. There were no other options.

Meeting famous people filled me with terror. I never felt at home in the celebrity world. However many hit singles Girls Aloud had, I never felt equal to anyone. It wasnít just other pop stars Ė Iíd meet Davina McCall or Louis Walsh and be completely tongue-tied. It felt like they were the famous ones, not me. It didnít help that I was completely rubbish at small talk. These people werenít my friends. It didnít seem normal to me to chat away to them like Iíd known them all my life. I wasnít sure what to say, so I kept my gob shut. The problem was that I was too aware of myself. Iím better at socialising now. I treat famous people as I would any normal person. I donít let the fame get in the way and Iím much more of an open person. If Madonna walked in now, Iíd have no problem having a chinwag with her.

Iím no Alan Sugar, but Iíve got a decent business head. Iíve always been older in my head than my body. At 16 I felt like I was 25. Iíd like to have been a carefree teenager without any responsibilities, but I always acted a lot older. Now I can be whatever age I need to be. When I go back home for a night out with my mates, I can be the frivolous 16-year-old I never was. If Iím at an important business meeting I can be as mature as I need to be in order to make decisions for the team.

London never ceases to amaze me, but Runcorn does better fish and chips! I was made in Runcorn, but remade in London. Runcorn made me the person I am, but London gives me everything I need. The best feeling in the world is spending an entire day at the studio, then driving home late at night through the deserted streets. Thereís no sight more beautiful or romantic than the capital after dark. The city is always teaching me, showing me something new every day.

Itís disgusting that hard-working people lost their homes and businesses in the summer riots. I was at home in Surrey when the riots kicked off. So I was close enough to feel scared at what I was watching on television. I come from a poor area myself, and I wouldnít condone looting your own neighbourhood in any way. But I wouldnít just blame the looters. The riots showed just how out of touch the Government is with normal people. They showed us that British society is in a mess.

My first live solo gig was horrendous. Iíve done huge gigs with Girls Aloud where there were much bigger audiences, but this was me out there on my own, and Iíd forgotten what a crowd looks like and feels like. I hadnít performed live for two years. Iíd been locked in a studio in my tracksuit all that time. Suddenly Iím out of the studio bubble, in front of the music, with 10,000 people watching me perform my own songs for the first time. I hadnít prepared myself for what it would be like, so my nerves were jangling.

Be careful what you wish for. I always longed for recognition, and I got it. But nobody prepares you for it and nobody can see into the future and predict how itís going to affect you. No way could I imagine a life like the one I got. I had no concept of what fame was going to be like and the kind of pressures it would put me under. The success was a blessing. The fame was more like a curse, as I was hopelessly ill-equipped to cope with it.

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Nicola with Cheryl at a Rihanna concert in London (dailymail.co.uk):


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Nicola is also on the February 2012 cover of UK InStyle, and TFS member visualoptimism has posted the cover and editorial in the InStyle thread in the magazines forum.

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She's also number 23 on TC Candler's list of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2011.

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Looking flawless at Rihanna, nice hat Cheryl..

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In this week's issue of Look magazine (dailymail.co.uk):


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Thanks for the new pics! She looks so different with the smoothed hair in the pic with the yellow dress. And she's wearing her Topshop leopard-print dress again, and her make up is lovely in that photo. She's such a doll.

Plus I like that her hair isn't looking so blonde anymore.

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Out with Charlie Fennell in London (dailymail.co.uk):

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Nicola's eccentric but stylish look came just days after the Lucky Day singer was announced as co-host alongside Rihanna in a new series searching for the hottest young British designer. The programme, to air on Sky Living HD, will air over 10 weeks and will see hopefuls compete in various challenges with the aim of reaching the final, and the task of designing an outfit for Rihanna's performance at London's Wireless Festival.

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Looks like she's taken her extensions out, I'm glad, she doesn't need them.

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I think the extensions are still there as her hair's incredibly thick still, she's just had them cut blunt.

She's rocking that beautiful cape/coat too!!

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