Stacey Solomon spills the beans
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