Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton 'traumatised' by music industry

The star is now unveiling a solo single

Watch Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton talk about being 'traumatised' by music industry

Atomic Kitten star Natasha Hamilton has revealed she was left “traumatised” after her experience in the music industry.

The singer found fame in the girl group in the late 90s, alongside Liz McClarnon and Kerry Katona. However, they went their separate ways in 2004 after a few years of riding high with hits like Whole Again and I Want Your Love.

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Hamilton admitted that she lost friends in the wake of her Atomic Kitten time and that she “fell out of love with music along the way”.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Natasha Hamilton of Atomic Kitten performs on the House of Love Stage during Mighty Hoopla 2021 at Brockwell Park on September 4, 2021 in London, England.  (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage for ABA)
Natasha Hamilton said she fell out of love with music. (WireImage for ABA)

Presenter Dermot O’Leary asked how Hamilton fell out of love with music, asking if life just took over or whether she was “a bit done with the industry”.

“Yeah, a bit traumatised,” she replied. “I had five really intense years with Atomic Kitten and when that came to an end it was really abrupt.

“I wasn’t too well at the time, and you were in this bubble for five years and then everyone just disappears. And you are like, ‘Where are my friends? Where are all the people that I’ve been with for five years?’”

She went on: “And it was really relearning life all over again. I am finding new friends… It was hard.

English girl group Atomic Kitten, London, June 1999. Left to right: Liz McLarnon, Kerry Katona and Natasha Hamilton. (Photo by David Tonge/Getty Images)
Liz McLarnon, Kerry Katona and Natasha Hamilton in Atomic Kitten. (Getty Images)

“A lot of people have come and gone on the friendship level. But I have got some hardcore friends that are still there now and they are amazing and they have got my back no matter what.”

Hamilton – who has five children ranging in age from nine months to 21 – said she has now “found my way back” to the music industry, and is releasing a solo single called Edge Of Us.

“I am just glad I stuck with it because I think it would always have been a big regret,” she told O’Leary and his co-host Alison Hammond. “There was always a bit of an itch that needed scratching with music.”

Natasha Hamilton appeared on This Morning. (ITV screengrab)
Natasha Hamilton appeared on This Morning. (ITV screengrab)

Hamilton, who joined The Real Housewives of Cheshire last year, said she decided to have another go at music during the coronavirus pandemic.

During lockdown she realised she had the chance to start thinking about what it was that she really wanted to do. “It was always music,” she said. “So I got back involved.”

Atomic Kitten was formed in 1998, but Katona left in 2000 after she got pregnant with her first child. Jenny Frost then took her spot in the group, although Katona later rejoined as part of TV show The Big Reunion.

The group released three studio albums – their debut Right Now was unveiled in 2002 and follow-up Feels So Good was released in 2002. Their final offering, Ladies Night, dropped in 2003.

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