‘I don’t feel like a celebrity’

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY ROBYNROSEN

SHE’S BEEN com­pared to Su­san Boyle, Jade Goody and Bar­bra Streisand, but Stacey Solomon, the 20-yearold for­mer King Solomon High School pupil tipped to win this year’s X Fac­tor has spo­ken of her “hum­ble” na­ture — and plans just to be her­self.

With more than 70,000 Face­book fans and hordes of Jewish school­child­ren flock­ing to her Gold­ers Green home ev­ery day, Stacey is fast be­com­ing a celebrity in her own right. But in her eyes, she’s still just a sin­gle mother from Da­gen­ham. Zachary, 18 months, is be­ing looked af­ter by Stacey’s mum, Fiona, while she is in X Fac­tor. She misses him dread­fully and has been the only con­tes­tant al­lowed to visit her fam­ily ev­ery week. She said: “As the weeks go on it gets worse. I won­der where he is and what he’s do­ing but I’m so busy, con­stantly do­ing things.”

She said: “I don’t feel like a celebrity. I meet celebri­ties and think ‘oh my gosh’. This ex­pe­ri­ence is so dif­fer­ent from any­thing I’ve ever done. It’s mad. From liv­ing with just my mum and dad to liv­ing with ten peo­ple and get­ting a car ev­ery­where — I ’ m used to the bus. I just think I’ve got to en­joy it while it lasts be­cause it might all be over on Sun­day.”

The coun­try is fas­ci­nated with the bub­bly, ex­citable young woman who trans­forms when she be­gins to sing.

She said: “Nor­mally I’m quite hum­ble and don’t like show­ing off, but when I’m per­form­ing I try to en­joy my­self and I go into an­other world.”

But with her new celebrity sta­tus, she is now hav­ing to ad­just to tabloid inches ded­i­cated to gos­sip about her.

She said: “They can write and say what­ever they want — what do I care? I feel like the luck­i­est girl ever. Things like this just don’t hap­pen to me.”

And Stacey has not for­got­ten her roots. She com­pleted four AS lev­els at King Solomon in Es­sex be­fore en­rolling in col­lege, and hopes to pass on some of her mu­si­cal tal­ent as a teacher if her pop ca­reer does not work out.

She said: “My dad re­ally wanted me to go to King Solomon and wanted me to be with peo­ple who have the same morals. I loved it there and still keep in touch with my friends from school.

“If this doesn’t work out, I want to stay in­volved in the in­dus­try.”

De­spite her mod­esty, Stacey still be­lieves she can go the dis­tance and hopes that her fans will stick with her.

“I wouldn’t feel peo­ple should vote for me be­cause I’m Jewish — but I hope they do.”

Stacey: ex-King Solomon pupil

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