Cheryl Baker has denied she is struggling for money after putting her home on the market.
The Bucks Fizz star - who has 29-year-old twin daughters with musician husband Steve Stroud - revealed she is downsizing after putting her Kent mansion up for sale and has taken work at a local gardening company.
But Baker, 69, told The Sun: "I’m not 'poor Cheryl', I’m just ordinary. I’m the same as everybody. I have bills to pay and I need to earn a living to pay the bills.
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"Fortunately, I love my work so I want to keep working."
She said: "I’ve worked for a neighbour who runs a gardening company, for £10 an hour, and it was lovely. I was out in the fresh air and we’d have a good old chinwag while we worked.
"I also recorded personal messages for fans which brought in some money.
"I’ve never been out of work in my life. I’ve never been on the dole."
Baker rose to fame as part of 80s pop band Bucks Fizz, who won the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK in 1981 with their hit Making Your Mind Up.
She revealed that the band were only given five per cent of the royalties from record sales, which was then split four ways with her bandmates Bobby G, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston.
She said: "We got less than a penny for every record we sold."
In 2021 the singer admitted she did have financial struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic, saying: "It's been ridiculously hard. I owe lots of tax... I physically haven't got the money to pay anybody because I'm broke."
Baker still performs live at music venues and festivals with bandmates Mike Nolan and Jay Aston under the name The Fizz.
Over the years she has appeared in various reality TV shows, including Dancing On Ice in 2018, Celebrity MasterChef in 2012, Popstar to Opera Star in 2011 and Celebrity Mastermind in 2013.
Baker revealed in 2016 that she had turned down the chance to appear on Celebrity Big Brother as she did not like the tone of the show.
She said: "Celebrity Big Brother brings out the worse in people … The programme makes people do things they wouldn’t normally do. Plus I have a bit of a temper. If someone’s being nasty or unfair, I will say, ‘We’ve got to do something about this.’
"I don’t want people to see that horrible side to me."
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