Ni­cola Roberts’ guest col­umn

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I’m the kind of per­son who doesn’t have a large cir­cle of friends, be­cause I’m quite se­lec­tive about the peo­ple I sur­round my­self with. Ac­cord­ing to new re­search, it takes around 50 hours to make the move from mere ac­quain­tance to ca­sual friend; it then takes 90 hours to go from that to a friend, and more than 200 hours be­fore you can con­sider some­one your close friend.

If I meet some­one and we gel straight away, I know we’re go­ing to be firm friends; but if we don’t, then I won’t force it. I am con­fi­dent in my judge of char­ac­ter, and when I meet some­one I know if they’re au­then­tic. I am very quick to sense if some­thing is not right.

I feel so lucky to have the best friends that I do have – my for­mer Girls Aloud band­mates Ch­eryl and Kim­ber­ley Walsh be­ing two of my clos­est. Af­ter ev­ery­thing we have shared, it is a bond that’s hard to repli­cate. We see each other as much as we can and we re­cently took our friend Beth Ho­nan to din­ner to cel­e­brate her birth­day. She worked with Girls Aloud for nine years, chore­ograph­ing many of our dance rou­tines, and we have known her for al­most 15 years.

I’m help­ing Ch­eryl make her next al­bum, so we’re get­ting to work to­gether at the mo­ment, too. I can’t wait for the new se­ries of Love Is­land to start, either. Last year, me, Ch­eryl and Kim­ber­ley watched it to­gether and loved it. I hope they cast it as well as they did last year.

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