Bonnie Tyler signed up for elocution lessons to tone down her Welsh accent

Tyler is receiving an MBE for her services to music
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Welsh singer, Bonnie Tyler has revealed that she took elocution lessons for her accent. While appearing on ITV's Good Morning Britain on Monday, May 27, the 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' singer revealed that she took up on the lessons early in her career due to self-consciousness about her strong Welsh accent, PA reports.

The 74-year-old singer, originally from Skewen in Neath Port Talbot, admitted that she was apprehensive about speaking on stage because of her accent. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, she said: "When I was working in residencies, when I first started singing - I was singing since I'm 17, I'm in my 70s now - but inbetween songs, I used to get really nervous about talking because of my very, very strong Welsh accent.

"And so I thought I would try to curb it down, so I went for elocution lessons. As you can hear, it didn't work!"

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Her most famous song recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' came out in February 1983. At its peak, the song sold 60,000 copies per day and approximately six million copies in total. On Spotify, it has been streamed over 753 million times. From its release in 1983, Tyler's career took off and her other notable hits included 'Holding Out For a Hero' and 'If I Sing You a Love Song'. For the latest Neath Port Talbot news, sign up to our newsletter here.

During her interview on Good Morning Britain, Bonnie Tyler spoke of the song's success. She said: "Every time Total Eclipse comes around, of course it goes back to number one, it went to number one again in America. I was singing it night before last in Sweden, I came in from Sweden last night and they just love it, the whole audience was just singing along with it".