Charlotte Church shares her parents’ decision to move out of home at the age of 16 to live with friends in Cardiff in an interview with Kate Garraway on ITV’s Life Stories
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Charlotte Church detailed her nanny’s reaction to her media coverage as a party teenager in a live interview with Kate Garraway about ITV Life stories.
The Welsh singer and finalist Masked Singer, 35, details her meteoric rise and the impact of achieving tabloid fame at such a young age.
Her big musical breakthrough came when she first sang Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu over the phone on This morning Aged 11 – a song she later sang at media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s 1999 wedding – and later went on to perform on ITV’s Big, Big Talent Show.
Life Story host Kate Garraway, who has take on ITV talk show role from Piers Morganasked the music producer about her parents’ decision to move out of the house at the age of 16, which is also when she left school.
“It’s a big thing and not many 16-year-olds are in a position like me,” said Charlotte.
“I know financially I can and I think a lot of 16-year-olds will make that choice if they think they can – get a nice apartment with their friends.”
Kate added this was also when Charlotte started smoking, noting that it was not a “great idea” for a singer to kick the habit.
Charlotte agreed, saying it was something she did because of peer pressure, then went on to talk about her independent teenage years in Cardiff.
She said: “You have to put me in my shoes, it’s an impressive young lady trying to fit in. There is no conscious rebellion.
“The only thing I’m against is celebrities. My rebellion was, ‘I’ll be normal, I’ll have this life that I’m supposed to have’. This life of Charlotte in Cardiff with her friends.
“This whole gimmicky nonsense, it’s a facade, not my life. By hook or crook, I get that life, no matter what the papers say.”
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She added: “My nan used to say: ‘Oh my love, if you go drinking with friends, stay at home and drink with friends. Why do you have to go out to the club? I have to go to church on Sunday. Why do you have to wear that? Can’t you wear something a little below the knee? ‘
“And I would say, ‘No, I have to do exactly what I want’.”
Stories of the life of Kate Garraway featuring Charlotte Cathedral air at 9pm tonight (Thursday) on ITV and ITV Hub.
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