Rachel has sat down for a very lengthy interview with ‘The Mirror’ in which she speaks in reference to the Internet and the latest happenings going on with band mates Hannah & Paul, plus the internet and how she doesn’t pay much attention to it.
She goes on to discuss Taylor Swift and how her daughters Amelie & Minnie adore her, and further more discusses that SHE IS READY to go back into the studio to record a third album!
Read the entire interview below!
Pop star, actress, dancer and, most recently, Sexiest Woman of All Time.
For a 37-year-old mum of two, Rachel Stevens really isn’t doing too badly.
But she knows that life as a celebrity can be doubled edged in these days of social media.
Among the latest victims is her S Club 7 bandmate Hannah Spearitt, who’s faced a torrent of abuse this week.
During their early days together, S Club bandmates Hannah and Paul Cattermole famously had a relationship on and off screen before splitting up for good in 2006.
However, according to weekend reports in the People, Hannah, now 34, recently dumped her personal trainer fiance Adam Thomas after rekindling things with her fellow S Clubber.
Speaking about his girlfriend’s betrayal, heartbroken Adam said: “He’d moved into my bed before it’d got cold – that’s the biggest kick in the teeth.”
Having watched the band relationship firsthand – both the first time and again recently on a sell-out S Club 7 tour, Rachel backs the couple’s reunion, believing it was inevitable.
She says: “Hannah and Paul are so close, and they always have been.
“They’ve always got on so well, and always had that relationship and when we came back on tour, that just came back straight away.
“They always really just got on with each other right from the start but this time around, I didn’t really think about it to be honest.”
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Hannah wrote: “I know I know…. I need to go to spec savers! And get some self respect and human decency while I’m at it.”
It was a reaction to messages accusing her of being a home-wrecker, after news of the relationship leaked.
The abuse, says Rachel, was unfair to Hannah: “Bless her, I don’t really know what’s happening with all that but I do hope she’s ok.
“I try not to pay too much attention to that stuff, the negative stuff that is online, but it is there for all of us unfortunately. It is what it is.”
Now a mum to two young daughters, she knows this dark side of the internet is a challenge she is going to increasingly have to face at home too – along with the more raunchy side of pop music.
Both children, Amelie, four and a half, and Minnie, one, are already able to “find their way around” her smartphone, whilst the eldest is listening to Taylor and co.
Rachel says: “My kids are still little so it’s only really now that Amelie has started to get into pop music. She hears things on the radio, and really likes Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars; she’s gone from liking Disney Princesses to pop.
“It’s brilliant that she loves music but I think I’ll find it harder when they’re that much older and liking these kind of artists… it is all a lot more gratuitous now. But it is starting to get into my psyche, and I’m questioning it all.
“It’s a fine balancing act for any parent, and with social media it is so much harder now. Amelie is going to school in September and going to be in the playground with all these older kids. It’s really scary.
“I’m not prudish at all, in the sense that pop music has always been like this – you look at Madonna back in the day – but it is more the social networking stuff which is scary, especially when you have younger kids.”
While the multi Grammy-winning superstar Taylor is no Rihanna – her videos rarely feature provocative nudity – she is famed for her no holds barred lyrics.
Tracks including Style, Forever And Always and Blank Space are all said to be about her various break-ups with stars including Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal and Joe Jonas.
She is, according to one commentator, the master of “passive-aggressive song-writing.”
Not, perhaps, ideal for a four-year-old.
Adds Rachel: “Amelie and Minnie are from a different generation now. They’re both obsessed with my phone and they know what to do with it – it’s just ingrained in them.
“At nursery they’re even doing all this touch-screen stuff; it’s just the way of the world.
“Whereas we had these big brick phones, they’ve grown-up with iPads and iPhones – it comes so naturally to them.
At home, we try not to use iPads and phones too often, and if we’re going out for dinner, for example, we’ll try not to let her use it too much.
“There are so many brilliant, educational apps out there for kids, and it’s a case of trying to use them in a really positive way. It is still quite easy to monitor now but it will get a lot harder when they are both at school and hanging out with their friends.”
On the subject of hanging out with pals, the singer is fresh off the successful S Club 7 tour alongside Jo O’Meara, Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Hannah Spearitt and Bradley McIntosh.
The group, originally put together by impresario Simon Fuller in 1998, rose to fame in the early noughties with their own BBC series, Miami 7.
After four number one singles, two Brits and a string of hits across Europe, the group called it a day in 2003.
Ahead of a family break in Spain next week, Rachel is co-hosting Thursday’s Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball beside Mark Wright.
A charity she is passionate about – to date, it has raised £2.5million for disabled children – the evening’s event will see Lionel Richie performing in front of guests including Rod Stewart, Penny Lancaster and Bruce Forsyth.
Inspired by a recent judging slot on the Irish version of The Voice, Rachel is now keen to relaunch her solo career.
“I’ve got the taste for performing again, and think I’m ready to get back in the studio”.
Last year Rachel, who married former childhood sweetheart Alex Bourne six years ago, was voted FHM magazine’s Sexiest Woman of All Time.
Quite a feat considering she was three months pregnant at the time.
She laughs: “I was six weeks pregnant when they asked me to do the shoot, and feeling really s*** and sick, and then three months gone when I actually did it.
“I was feeling the most unsexy I possibly could and had also just had a baby, so literally had baby sick all over me.
“So to be asked to do it was great, but it’s all just a bit of fun. Obviously I never let Alex forget he’s married to the Sexiest Woman of All Time… I had it framed next to his side of the bed…” (She’s joking. I think.)
Despite being a tiny and toned size eight, Rachel isn’t even a member of a gym.
If she wasn’t genuinely lovely and smiley and so bloody, well, nice – she’s the patron of about five different charities and regularly donates her own money unbidden – it would be very easy to loathe her.
Similarly motivated by Davina McCall’s incredible Sport Relief efforts, which saw the presenter run, swim and bike the length of the country, Rachel is also desperate to beast herself in the name of charity.
She explains: “I did the Strictly Come Dancing Tour last year which was amazing, and then S Club this year, so I’ve been doing a lot of dancing.
“For me, it’s the best form of exercise and better than any gym class. I’ve also been eating pretty healthily and just feel really fit – I would love to do some kind of fitness challenge for Comic Relief.”