Kim­ber­ley ‘Cheryl & I Are In The Same Boat’

The Girls Aloud star re­veals all on BFF Cheryl, the stresses of moth­er­hood and those reunion ru­mours...

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There’s def­i­nitely some­thing about Kim­ber­ley Walsh. Of course, she’s in­dis­putably gor­geous – but that’s not it. Be­fore we meet the 35-year-old Girls Aloud star, half of the Look of­fice are rav­ing about her in­cred­i­ble skin – and when we ar­rive at Lon­don’s swanky Soho Ho­tel, we can see why. It’s flaw­less.

Aside from un­veil­ing her num­ber one beauty tip for a perfect com­plex­ion (hint: it’s not what you’d ex­pect), Kim­ber­ley spills the beans on her ex­cit­ing new Dis­ney show The Lodge, in which she plays ruth­less mu­sic pro­ducer Re­becca. Fun? Very. Easy? Not when she’s away from her boys. ‘Find­ing the bal­ance is tricky,’ she ad­mits.

While it doesn’t feel like al­most 15 years ago that Girls Aloud first formed, a lot’s changed. Now mum to twoyear-old Bobby and sev­en­month-old Cole, Kim­ber­ley opens up about deal­ing with the pres­sures of be­com­ing a par­ent. ‘For mums, it’s all about strength in num­bers,’ she re­veals. It’s some­thing she feels lucky to have, as pretty much all of her mates have chil­dren.

Of course, one friend who Kim­ber­ley’s been a huge sup­port to is BFF Cheryl, who gave birth to son Bear in March. Kim­ber­ley has, in the past, re­mained pretty tight-lipped about Cheryl’s per­sonal life, but to­day she can’t re­sist break­ing her si­lence to gush about her best friend’s new ar­rival…

Hi Kim­ber­ley! Con­grats on the new show. How did it all come about? Dis­ney ap­proached me for the role of Re­becca and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I love the show, the mu­sic videos are amaz­ing and it’s so much fun. You’ve done some act­ing in the past. Is this some­thing you’ll be do­ing more of? Yeah, I’ve done mu­si­cal theatre over the last few years and I acted be­fore I was in Girls Aloud. It’s a good time. What’s your dream role? I’m try­ing to sell my­self as the new Dis­ney princess, but they’re not re­ally hav­ing it [laughs]. I love Belle, but I missed my chance there! What are you watch­ing at the mo­ment? Love Is­land? Yes! It’s my guilty plea­sure. Would you ever have taken part in a show like that? No, not at all. It couldn’t be any fur­ther from some­thing I’d ever do, which is prob­a­bly why I find it so watch­able. How do you bal­ance work with be­ing a par­ent? It’s al­ways hard but ev­ery de­ci­sion I make, I put the boys first. Are you and Justin [Scott] good at sched­ul­ing date nights? We should prob­a­bly try harder [laughs]. It’s dif­fi­cult when the kids are re­ally young, but we should al­lo­cate more time. In the past you’ve said a Girls Aloud reunion isn’t on the cards. Has that changed? You can never rule any­thing out. We had a long ca­reer, so I don’t think there’s any rea­son for us to come back soon – but who knows? Do you and the girls ever speak about it? I keep hear­ing ru­mours but no­body’s said any­thing to me! What’s your favourite mem­ory from those days? When we won our Brit Award, but also the early years be­fore we made it, when we were up and down the coun­try hav­ing a laugh in the car to­gether. Where are we most likely to find you shop­ping these days? The ma­jor­ity of what I buy is high street. The dress I’m wear­ing is Top­shop, but I don’t have one spe­cific favourite. What trends are you lov­ing at the mo­ment? I love a cold shoul­der, es­pe­cially when you’re get­ting back to your nor­mal weight af­ter a baby. Ging­ham, too. Your skin is amaz­ing – what’s your top beauty tip? I smother my face in mois­turiser ev­ery evening – al­ways. I wouldn’t be able to go to bed with­out do­ing that. There’s a lot of pres­sure on women to lose weight quickly af­ter a baby. Have you felt that? I don’t al­low my­self to feel the pres­sure. My sis­ter has a lit­tle boy who’s four weeks younger than Cole, so we’re very much in it to­gether. It took around a year to get back to nor­mal af­ter Bobby and it’ll prob­a­bly be the same af­ter Cole. You grad­u­ally lose it, then the last half a stone you have to re­ally work for. I’m not ready for that – too tired! Any ad­vice for new mums who aren’t feel­ing so con­fi­dent? We all feel the same! I know some women do snap back – but they’ve prob­a­bly got some­thing else they worry about. Most of us mums do strug­gle and it does take time. I know it’s tough at the mo­ment for new mums as it’s sum­mer, but I’m not go­ing to let it ruin my holiday with my chil­dren. I’ll get some sleep and then I’ll start to work out again [laughs]. You men­tioned your sis­ter has a young baby and your friends have kids of sim­i­lar age, too... Yes, it’s amaz­ing. Ob­vi­ously, Cheryl has Bear. It’s great – we’re all in the same boat. Have you met Bear? I have. I took the boys over to see him the other day – they’re both do­ing great. Do you have plans to ex­tend your fam­ily any more? I don’t feel like I’m done. I ab­so­lutely adore my boys – you get so much love from boys be­cause they love their mum... For a while, any­way!

The Lodge Sea­son 2 airs on Dis­ney Channel and Dis­neylife at 5.30pm ev­ery Fri­day

I won’t give in to the pres­sure to lose weight

Kim­ber­ley with Look’s Lucy Devine Girls Aloud in 2009 (l-r): Kim­ber­ley, Sarah, Na­dine, Ni­cola and Cheryl

Mega-yummy mum­mies Cheryl and Kim­ber­ley

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