Former Girls Aloud member Nadine Coyle has admitted that the group fed lies to the press in order to remain in the spotlight.
Formed in 2002 after their success in reality contest Popstars: The Rivals, Girls Aloud were active until 2009 before reuniting briefly in 2012/2013, and were never out of the media's glare during their heyday.
Talking to The Sun's Fabulous magazine, Nadine revealed the surprising reality behind the band's constant press attention: "In the Girls Aloud days, we would have meetings where we would sit with a PR and make up stories [to feed to the press].
"I was always really uncomfortable with it – it felt like we were building a glass house. I don't want to be in the newspapers or to feel like I have to manipulate things to make my life seem a way it's not.
"I'm happy with how things are. My focus has always been on being a singer. It's easy enough to keep it private."
Meanwhile, the Irish singer also said that her "loyalty" to the band meant that she had to decline lucrative acting offers across the Atlantic.
"Around the time that Girls Aloud was at its biggest, I was offered some huge acting roles in America," she said. "I decided to stay loyal to the band rather than take those other opportunities.
"Sometimes I wonder whether I should have just taken them, but I can't get mad thinking about it – I just have to believe it wasn't meant to be."
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