For Omera, life changed overnight when she joined the pop group S Club 7 at the age of 20.
The band – consisting of Paul Catermol, now 44, Tina Barrett, 44, Rachel Stevens, 43, Bradley McIntosh, 40, Hannah Spirit, 40, June Lee, 39, and Joe – has more than 10 million worldwide in five. Album sold. They’ve been together for years, and their posters are on the walls of teens around the world.
When they parted ways in 2003 due to “creative differences”, Roomford’s Joe set out to prove himself a solo artist with his debut album Relentless.
But she could only watch because her reputation was shattered in a moment after a controversial appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007 when she accused Indian actress Shilpa Shetty of racism and bullying (Jade Goody). , With Jackie Bowden and Daniel Lloyd).
Joe lost everything, including his career and home, and suffered a setback.
Some 14 years later, now 13-year-old Lenny’s mother regrets what happened, but she’s in a much better place.
We are talking about what really happened and why she is reaching the stars again with her new solo album.
Hello, Joe! Looking back, how do you feel about your older brother’s experience now?
I think I should have never been there before. I did it for the wrong reasons, because I needed money to save my home – but I didn’t stop doing it.
What happened around that time; I am, I apologize to everyone there that I ever got angry, because my intention was never to hurt anyone. All I can do is apologize and let people know that I have learned a lot about myself. I am a very different person today.
In March, it was 12 years since Jade Goody’s death. Do you still think about it?
I think of Jade. And what happened was tragic. She was very young and had children – I think people need to remember that. It was heartbreaking.
How did big brother change you?
I think a lot of people wanted me to be punished for what happened, and I was. I lost my career. I lost my home. I lost everything and I am still trying to rebuild. That’s why I’m so happy to be back.
I had a complete breakdown and it wasn’t a good time for everyone. If I could go back in time and change what happened, I would, but I can’t. I can only hold my hands and apologize.
You got pregnant too late
Yes, it wasn’t planned, but it happened for a reason. Lenny gave me something else to pay attention to and helped me out of the hole I was in – I just put all my energy into it.
You grow up very soon after the baby is born. You put all your loves in this little bundle and kept them safe and warm.
I think a lot of people wanted me to be punished for what happened, and I was. I lost everything.
You don’t live with Lenny’s father (Bill Slate), but are things pleasant?
They have always been very easy and pleasant. As far as Lenny is concerned, we have always had a united front, and he is a wonderful father.
He’s in a new relationship and he’s happy and he’s cute – I walk with him. I think it’s good for Lenny. I don’t want to be these quarrelsome parents.
You always said you wanted to get married – is it still on your list?
No, I’ve been single for a long time. I enjoy being single I’m just going to run a career, more than ever. I know this could be my last shot. I want to give everything I have, so I won’t have time anyway. I’m in a relationship with music!
Has 40 years had any effect on you?
Absolutely. I wanted to be 40 years old. I finally learned to recognize who I am and I am no longer beating myself up for not being the perfect person. I just try my best.
It’s been 16 years since your last solo album, so what influenced your new album?
I always wanted to do another album, but the timing wasn’t right and I didn’t have the guts. I was talking to a friend about it and he said: “Why don’t you just text Brian Rowling – with whom I did my first album – and see what he says?”
It took me a while, because I was nervous, but he told me to come in for a chat. So I did, and he said, “Let’s make another record.” I was like: “Wow, okay!”
What do other band members think about it?
I think they’re all happy with it – I hope they are. I had some messages saying “love her” and “you broke it”. So that’s good
Did you put too much pressure on yourself during your S Club 7 days?
When I look at it, I put a lot of pressure on myself to look my best, because I sometimes felt like the ugly duck in the group.
I was never meant to be beautiful – I was the only one who sang and it made me feel so insecure. When I had a back injury. [while filming S Club 7 film Seeing Double In 2002], I ate comfortably and then I fell into this vicious circle.
Did you also control your diet?
I made a point I shouldn’t have made, just to try and keep going. In our TV shows, we were in bikinis all the time and it was very stressful to stand up against the other three girls, who were so beautiful and wonderful.
So I ate protein bars and salads, which I wish I didn’t. I am comfortable in my skin now. I eat and train healthy every day, but I’m doing it for myself.
I was never meant to be beautiful – I was the only one who sang and it made me feel so insecure.
Who do you keep in touch with?
Rachel and Hannah are the two people I talk to the most. And we all really support what we’re doing. We got together in 2015 for a tour of the arena, which was fantastic – it felt like we would never be apart.
We are all exactly the same, only older versions with kids. In fact, between us, the band has three boys and four girls, so we’ve literally got another S-Club in the form of a kid! But there are no plans to do anything together.
And to be completely honest, I really want to focus on my new album. To give it a chance to do again;
- Joe’s new album Wood Leo is out now.
- Hair and makeup: Julia Bowden.
- Additional Photography: PA, Shutterstock Editorial.
- Style: Kate Barbour.
- Who wears: shirt, lipstick.