GIRLS ALOUD WHAT ARE THE OTH­ERS DO­ING NOW?

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - INTERVIEW - NA­DINE COYLE SARAH HARD­ING CH­ERYL COLE NI­COLA ROBERTS

The Ir­ish one, was widely cred­ited with hav­ing the most tal­ent and the best voice. She shot out on her own at the first op­por­tu­nity, record­ing a solo al­bum which was re­leased in 2010. It wasn’t a break-out com­mer­cial suc­cess. Ear­lier this sum­mer, it was an­nounced that she had signed with Vir­gin EMI. She and her part­ner, Amer­i­can foot­baller Jason Bell, wel­comed their first child, a daugh­ter called Anaiya in early 2014.

The sassy blonde of the band, she branched out into act­ing while the band were on hia­tus be­tween 2009 and 2012, tak­ing on roles in

and the BBC drama How­ever, in the years pre­ced­ing the band’s fi­nal split, she be­came bet­ter known for the tabloid sto­ries sur­round­ing her love life and her bat­tles with drink and pre­scrip­tion drugs. She dated Calum Best, got en­gaged to DJ Tom Crane and ended up in re­hab. She’s floated var­i­ous act­ing and mu­sic projects since, but it wasn’t un­til this sum­mer that she scored a huge boost to her profile and prospects, when she was crowned win­ner of

Ar­guably Girls Aloud’s bright­est star, New­cas­tle na­tive Ch­eryl launched her suc­cess­ful solo ca­reer in 2009 when the group went on hia­tus. She quickly notched up five No.1 sin­gles, break­ing records for fe­male record­ing artists in Bri­tain. Her love life has been che­quered, and long the sub­ject of in­tense tabloid in­ter­est. She’s been mar­ried twice, once to foot­baller Ash­ley Cole, whose in­fi­delity be­came head­line news, and later, af­ter a whirl­wind three-month ro­mance, to French en­tre­pre­neur Jean-bernard Fer­nan­dez-versini. The pair split just 18 months later, and shortly af­ter­wards she be­gan a re­la­tion­ship with One Direction singer Liam Payne. Ear­lier this year, she gave birth to their first child, a boy named Bear.

Rus­set-headed Roberts was al­ways the dark horse of Girls Aloud, the enig­matic out­sider whose edgy look and more re­served per­son­al­ity set her apart. She has re­leased a num­ber of solo pop ven­tures over the years with mod­er­ate suc­cess but is per­haps bet­ter known for her ac­tivism, spear­head­ing sev­eral ini­tia­tives, she’s lent her voice to cam­paigns against bul­ly­ing and un­der-age tan­ning. In 2007, she launched a make-up range for pale skin, called Dainty Doll.

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