Four years after her bands dramatic split, the Girls Aloud star has reunited with hit-makers Xenomania. Can she recapture the old magic as a solo artist?
In an ideal world there would be a commemorative plaque above the entrance of Liverpool’s Echo arena.” Here objective Girls Aloud, the last great girl band” it would say. On 20 March 2013 Nadine Coyle- one fifth of the genre-bending, pop-reshaping rabble- was getting ready for the final night of the band’s reunion tour.” I was in hair and makeup ,” she explains in a north London restaurant,” going through my nightly ritual .” Rather than taking delivery of a good-luck posy, Coyle received some news via the band’s PR and director- the other girls wanted to call it ceases. Not the more fashionable “hiatus”, which they’d already done in 2009, but a proper split. With the band working to majority rule, there was nothing she could do.
” It was shocking. We’d signed a new deal and recorded what was basically another new album .” Confounded, she marched into the venue’s green room, ignoring video directors there to record the tour for posterity( a DVD ), and tackled recent Celebrity Big Brother winner, and closest ally in the band, Sarah Harding.” I said,’ Do you want to break up the band as well ?’ and she was like,’ Oh fuck it, I can’t be arsed with it, I fucking dislike everybody .’ That last show, all feeling was turn off the light as far as I was concerned, with any of them .”