“Welcome to episode 1 of The Number with Darren Kennedy.
In this series, I explore the idea that a life can be measured in numbers. Each week, I’ll ask my guests their seven most significant numbers and how they’ve shaped their lives. And for the very first episode, I am delighted that my good friend Nicola Roberts took time out to talk to me. We chatted about her early days in Girls Aloud, the value therapy has brought to her life, her close relationship with her siblings and so much more. I am very grateful to Nicola for being so open with me and sharing a little insight into her world. I hope you enjoy. Until next Thursday. Darren.”
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Nicola Roberts wrote a letter to Geri Halliwell asking for help to make it in the music industry.
The 36-year-old pop star revealed that when she was a child she tried to get in touch with Geri – who at that time was at the height of her fame as Ginger Spice in the Spice Girls – and begged her to listen to her tape and “pass it on” to industry execs.
She said: “I wrote a letter to Geri when I was 11. I put the blonde bits in the front of my head and I wrote a letter because I used to sing, Say You’ll Be There, all the time in competitions. I wrote a letter to say, ‘Hi Geri, I’m such a big fan, I really would love to be in the music industry. I’m a really good singer. I sing, ‘Say You’ll Be There’ all the time and I win all the competitions. Please, if you could listen to my tape and pass it on to somebody, that could help me.’ I don’t know where we sent the letter off, maybe my parents didn’t even send it, I don’t know, but I wrote the letter!”
Nicola later found fame as a teenager when she was selected alongside Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and the late Sarah Harding to be in Girls Aloud via the ITV talent show ‘Popstars: The Rivals’ and spoke of how surreal it was to end up being mentored by the ‘Mi Chico Latino’ singer on the programme after being a fan for so many years.
Speaking on the ‘Hear Her Voice’ podcast, she told host Laura Whitmore: “Then for Geri to be so supportive of me and so encouraging and really championing me throughout ‘Popstars: The Rivals’ was just one of those moments where you’re just like, the universe…what is this? What is happening right now? You can’t write that!”
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