‘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
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