MU­SIC SCENE

Stacey Solomon spills the beans

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ONLY three years ago, Stacey Solomon was in the depths of de­spair. A sin­gle mother at 18 with no money and few prospects. To­day, the ef­fer­ves­cent Es­sex singer is a whirl­wind of chat­ter, trip­ping over her words to em­pha­sise that she’s hav­ing the time of her life. She’s been named Celebrity Mum of the Year 2011, is the new face of Ice­land and has started co-pre­sent­ing the prime-time Satur­day night ITV1 show Sing If You Can with Keith Lemon. Now 21, she has writ­ten her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy My Story So Far – out to­day – which is, un­der­stand­ably, a pretty short book. “I’m very, very happy and ev­ery­thing’s the way I wanted it to go,” she said. Stacey said her mu­sic ca­reer is tick­ing along nicely: she’s writ­ing in the stu­dio and sort­ing out who she’s go­ing to work with. “I wanna work on it slowly and en­joy it,” she said. “Make sure it’s ev­ery­thing I ever wanted it to be. I still won’t be pushed into what some­one else’s idea for me is or what some­one else thinks might sell. “Even if it doesn’t sell, at least I

Stacey and Olly Murs, who she met on X Fac­tor. dizzy Da­gen­ham dolly she might have you be­lieve. Her con­stant stream of chat­ter and ner­vous laugh­ter be­lie a sharp brain. She gained four AS lev­els at school and had her heart set on a singing ca­reer. Her dreams of be­com­ing a star didn’t ebb, even when she fell preg­nant by mis­take at 17 dur­ing a short-lived re­la­tion­ship. It forced her to give up a mu­si­cal theatre col­lege course, hav­ing al­ready au­di­tioned un­suc­cess­fully for The X Fac­tor twice. She didn’t give up though, and gained a place in 2009. While film­ing the show, the bub­bly Es­sex girl be­came close to Olly Murs, the even­tual run­ner-up who, she said, “be­came my best friend in the world”. “Soon we were to­gether all the time,” she said. “It was me and him ev­ery­where we went. I never wanted it to be me and any­one else. “I just wanted to be with Olly. I couldn’t get enough of him.“ They be­came ob­sessed with each other, she said – but it

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BEST MATES: know I’ve given it 100% – then you can’t moan,” she said. Last year she was voted Queen of the Jun­gle in I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! but she still can’t work out why the nation took her to its heart. “I dunno, I dunno, maybe they just feel sorry for me,” she said. But if the show­biz bub­ble burst to­mor­row and she faded from the spot­light, how would she feel? “I’m a lucky girl,” she said. “I’m no worse off than I was 18 months ago. In fact I’m bet­ter off be­cause I’ve been feel­ing some­thing nearly no one in the whole world gets to feel.” How­ever, Stacey is not the

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