‘My Ad­vice For Ch­eryl? Shut Ev­ery­one Out’

Singer Frankie Bridge opens up about her in­cred­i­ble Marie Curie cam­paign, be­ing a celeb mum and her first date with Wayne

Look (UK) - - FRANKIE BRIDGE INTERVIEW -

I never thought I’d be in a pop group!

If you opted for a pixie hair­cut circa 2009, chances are you were chan­nelling Frankie Bridge. Grow­ing up, The Satur­days singer was our ul­ti­mate #hair­goals. Now, a decade on from the band first form­ing, the mum of two has carved out an im­pres­sive ca­reer. As a mem­ber of both S Club 8 and The Satur­days (cur­rently on hia­tus) Frankie’s been part of two pop groups, was a fi­nal­ist on the 2014 se­ries of Strictly Come Danc­ing and now, for the third year, she’s work­ing with P&G and Su­per­drug for their #Feel­su­per cam­paign, hop­ing to raise £500,000 for Marie Curie. We caught up with the 28-year-old to hear all about the project, mar­ried life with re­tired foot­baller Wayne, be­ing a mum to Parker, three and Carter, one, and how she styles that trade­mark cut (now an equally en­vi­able bob)…

Hi Frankie! The Feel Su­per cam­paign seems like an in­cred­i­ble cause… A few years ago I was ap­proached to do the cam­paign with an aim to raise £100,000 – which at first seemed like a re­ally big amount. Two years on and we’ve man­aged to raise over £350,000, the equiv­a­lent of 18,000 hours of work for Marie Curie nurses. This year, we’re try­ing to get that up to half a mil­lion. It’s so easy to help – all you need to do is buy things you use on a daily ba­sis, for ex­am­ple Gil­lette ra­zors, Pan­tene, Oral B or Olay from Su­per­drug stores. Has it been quite chal­leng­ing? I’ve been in Soli­hull to­day at one of the Marie Curie hos­pices. It can be tough, par­tic­u­larly when you’re meet­ing peo­ple who have a fam­ily mem­ber with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness. But above ev­ery­thing, you no­tice the dif­fer­ence Marie Curie makes; they take that lit­tle bit of pres­sure off the fam­ily. You see first-hand how far each dona­tion goes. I feel grate­ful to be in the po­si­tion I’m in and to be able to cam­paign for im­por­tant causes like this one. What’s been your ca­reer high­light? I’ve been in two suc­cess­ful pop groups and I think that’s quite rare. Hav­ing a No 1 with The Satur­days [What About Us] was some­thing we wanted to achieve. Is there any­thing you want to ac­com­plish in the next 10 years? I’d love to be in a mu­si­cal. I al­ways wanted to be in mu­si­cal the­atre – I never thought I’d be in a pop group! Les Misérables is my favourite. Do you think your boys will be fol­low­ing in your foot­steps or Wayne’s? [Laughs] I have no idea, but they both love foot­ball and be­ing out­side. I don’t want my kids to stay in watch­ing TV all the time – not to say they don’t – but I love that they have a good mix. Carter loves music. What’s one les­son you want to teach the boys? I wish I hadn’t cared so much about other peo­ple’s opin­ions when I was younger. Just be your­self as much as pos­si­ble. There are a lot of celebrity new mums, like Ch­eryl, at the mo­ment. What ad­vice would you give them? Just re­mem­ber that ev­ery­one’s dif­fer­ent. It’s easy to look on­line and feel like ev­ery­one’s do­ing a bet­ter job, but that’s not the case. From the minute you’re preg­nant peo­ple have an opin­ion on ev­ery­thing – just shut that out and do what’s right for you and your fam­ily. Do you and Wayne still man­age to have reg­u­lar date nights? We do, but I think some­times the idea of do­ing it once a week can add a lot of pres­sure, es­pe­cially when you have kids. We’re lucky be­cause we have the grand­par­ents, who are al­ways there to help out. What’s your idea of a per­fect date? I love ac­tiv­i­ties – go­ing to the cin­ema doesn’t take much imag­i­na­tion. I re­mem­ber Wayne once tak­ing me quad bik­ing. It just gets you out of your com­fort zone and even if you don’t end up fan­cy­ing that per­son you’ve still had a good time. Do you re­mem­ber your first date with Wayne? We went for din­ner and we were there un­til the res­tau­rant closed, which is al­ways a good sign! What’s the best make-up les­son you’ve learnt? Ev­ery­thing re­volves around look­ing af­ter your skin, but you can end up think­ing about it too late. I think us­ing SPF can make a big dif­fer­ence, I love Olay’s To­tal Ef­fects 7in1 Anti-age­ing Mois­turiser [£7.99]. We read you don’t use con­di­tioner on your hair – is that true? I do now that my hair’s a bit longer, but I didn’t need to when my hair was short. I’ve got fine hair and the con­di­tioner would make it too soft. Now I use Pan­tene Re­pair & Pro­tect Sham­poo with Re­pair & Pro­tect Foam Con­di­tioner [both £3] and Pan­tene Mousse Per­fect Vol­ume [£3.69] to give it that ex­tra lift. I’ve got re­ally flat hair! I’ll put a bit of wax on the ends to add tex­ture too. Do you have a fit­ness regime? I aim for three days a week, but I try not to put too much pres­sure on my­self. I’m al­ways look­ing for things that are fun, so I do box­ing, Pi­lates and I’ve started do­ing weight train­ing. If I was just stuck in the gym ev­ery day, I know I wouldn’t go.

Frankie’s sup­port­ing the #Feel­su­per Cam­paign, which raises funds for Marie Curie via P&G prod­ucts bought at Su­per­drug from 5 April-2 May. One prod­uct = one dona­tion

Frankie has two boys with for­mer foot­baller Wayne

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