Honey G

We tracked down rap­per Honey G to talk about her new job sell­ing houses

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Wear­ing her sig­na­ture shades and snap-back cap, for­mer X Fac­tor star Honey G isn’t able to walk down the street with­out be­ing mobbed by fans. But with a new day job – sell­ing houses in the up­mar­ket neigh­bour­hood of London’s St John’s Wood – the 37-year-old rap­per-turned-sales ne­go­tia­tor, real name Anna Gil­ford, is al­most un­recog­nis­able in her Zara suit, satin shirt and Gucci scarf. On be­half of Honey G fans ev­ery­where, we called #north­weezy’s finest to find out what’s re­ally go­ing on…

Hi, Anna! How did the new job come about?

I’ve had a pas­sion for prop­erty for a long time – I bought a prop­erty in East London be­fore the 2012 Olympics and started watch­ing the market, but I strug­gled to get a break, so I en­tered

X Fac­tor. But I’ve been at Chan­cel­lors [es­tate agents] for four weeks now – things are go­ing well.

Have you sold your first house yet?

I’m re­ally busy – I’ ve done two deals on two flats since I’ve been with the com­pany, both in prime lo­ca­tions. I’ve done some view­ings on ex­pen­sive houses, but I haven’t sold those yet, hope­fully that will come with ex­pe­ri­ence.

Do peo­ple recog­nise you on view­ings?

A cou­ple, but be­cause I’m not wear­ing my cap and my glasses, some peo­ple don’t. Some­times I can’t walk down the street with­out get­ting chased by school kids, so it’s re­fresh­ing to be treated as a nor­mal per­son. Do you ever rap at work?

I haven’t yet, but there’s al­ways the Christ­mas party! Are you still singing in your spare time?

I love per­form­ing and mu­sic is my pas­sion, but I wanted some struc­ture in my life. My Honey G hours can be unso­cia­ble – it’s nice to do some­thing dur­ing the day. Be­ing fa­mous can be lonely. I’ve seen all sorts of things –

‘I’d love to work with the Spice Girls!’

‘Honey G’s rap ca­reer has failed’ – I’ve not gone out and got a job be­cause my rap ca­reer has failed. My dreams are still alive. What’s been your most ex­trav­a­gant pur­chase?

I bought a Vic­to­ria Beck­ham out­fit for a wed­ding, it cost al­most £700. I’ve also bought a work coat, boots, a cou­ple of Zara suits and some satin shirts from Hawes & Cur­tis.

Lit­tle Mix have just left Syco, are you pleased you had a one-sin­gle deal?

I was happy to have the op­por­tu­nity I did with Syco. It’s a shame we didn’t re­lease more mu­sic to­gether. It’s tough try­ing to make my la­bel a suc­cess. What I re­ally need is ra­dio play. Are you go­ing to be re­leas­ing a Christ­mas sin­gle?

There will be mu­sic in the New Year. If Si­mon [Cow­ell] asked me to work on a Christ­mas sin­gle, I def­i­nitely would. Do you still keep in touch with Sharon Os­bourne?

A few weeks ago I got a sweet text from her say­ing I was a true friend of hers. It re­ally touched me. She will al­ways have a place in my heart.

What do you think of the new judg­ing panel?

It’s bril­liant. Ayda [Field] is do­ing an amaz­ing job, she’s sur­prised a lot of peo­ple – she’s a good judge. Rob­bie [Wil­liams] is amaz­ing and I think Louis [Tom­lin­son] is do­ing well.

What do you think about the Spice Girls re­unit­ing?

I think they’re prob­a­bly charg­ing a lot more for tick­ets than me. I don’t know what their plans are, but I’d love to col­lab­o­rate!

Are you dat­ing any­one?

I’m sin­gle. I’m look­ing for a lovely woman who is beau­ti­ful on the inside and some­one I can share my life with and one day set­tle down, have chil­dren and get mar­ried. I’m a bit shy to go on dat­ing apps. I’ve al­ways been ob­sessed with [Amer­i­can rap­per] Queen Lat­i­fah, maybe she wants a prop­erty in St John’s Wood…

All busi­ness: Anna G means to sell you a prop­erty

With Sharon Os­bourne and Der­mot O’leary in the fi­nals, and at the first au­di­tions

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