The Mail on Sunday
So is that what’s helped you lose 3 stone,Charlotte?
SHE claims to have lost three stone by giving up sweets but singer Charlotte Church may have had a little extra help to slim down.
The svelte judge of TV’s Over The Rainbow reality show– who proudly declared she had given up smoking in 2006 – was caught having a sneaky cigarette before leaving her home in Wales to travel to London for the BBC show last week.
Ms Church has begun smoking again, amid speculation that it may have helped to suppress her appetite in her bid to lose weight after the birth of her second child, Dexter, 14 months ago.
Few singers smoke, for fear of damaging their voices, something Ms Church, 26, admitted had been a problem when she announced four years ago that she was giving up.
‘I smoked about 20 or 25 a day and I’d tried to give up a couple of times before but only lasted half a day,’ said the singer, who in 2006 was the poster girl for the Boots’ National No Smoking Day.
‘In the four or five months before I gave up, it was affecting my voice, my breathing control, my tone and I thought, “What am I doing here?” Now I’ve stopped it’s so much better. The first two weeks were tough and the first month I still really missed it. But I feel so much healthier now.’
Her boyfriend, the Welsh rugby star Gavin Henson, is understood to have put pressure on the ‘Voice of an Angel’ singer not to smoke and she stubbed out her cigarette before getting in the car with him in Cardiff last week.
She managed to stay off cigarettes while pregnant with both of her children, Ruby, two, and Dexter.
Miss Church has attracted a lot of attention for her new figure, although she said her motivation was entirely professional.
‘Unfortunately, in our industry you have to be slim,’ she said. ‘After I had Dexter last January, I had a personal trainer come to the house three times a week at 6.30am. But that didn’t last long. I was getting up through the night with the children and I thought, “I can’t do this, I’m exhausted.”
‘So now I cook healthily for the children and we don’t have any sweets in the house anymore.’