If you haven't got love, you've got nothing.
I like listening to old soul music. I like Sam Cooke. When I was growing up, the first things I was listening to was Whitney Houston and Cher. They were really big inspirations for me.
My advice is, if you are going to go on 'X Factor,' you have to know who you are as an artist.
My first album is a lot of my personal experiences. I wanted people to relate to what I've been through.
People think that because of my nature and the tone of my voice that I'm stupid, and that's hard.
You meet someone, you care for them, and you fall in love; it's what it is.
Constantly having to think about money is not nice. People used to say, 'Being rich doesn't make you happy'. And I'd think, 'I've got no electricity, nothing - tell that to my empty fridge'.
Growing up, we didn't have anything. My mum wasn't well, so I was in three care homes then foster homes before me and my little brother went back to her. I was passed from pillar to post.
I am lucky in that I love what I do, but it can still be hard to be away from the kids for long lengths of time. At the end of the day, all I want is to be with my kids, but it's worth it to create a future for my family.
I can't watch my first audition because it makes me too upset. I just think it is really sad. I look at myself and don't recognize myself. I do think fame and fortune changes people.
I knew I could sing. That one thing I did believe in was that I could sing, but then constantly getting rejected, it started to get me down. But my voice was always there and my dream and my ambition was always there when I went through bad times.
If you are not happy with the song, don't sing it. Simple as that - no-one forces you to do it.
I'm not afraid of a rant, am I? I've got to that point where I've just become a woman; I think I've just grown.
If you are going to survive in business, show business or any business, then you have to be bold.
I like Marilyn Monroe; she was super glam, weren't she?
I absolutely love Nicole Scherzinger. She's worked really hard to get to where she is and really knows her stuff.
I don't really read books. Wish I did.
I don't tend to lie. If I do, it's a little one. Like, 'I'm only around the corner...' when really I'm 10 minutes away.
I like to write poetry.
I love hats and winter is the perfect time for them. I love winter time fashion.
I was looking for something to make me happy, and once I realised what I actually had, then I found success.
I'd definitely like more kids when I'm older. And I think I'm like every woman in that I'd like to get married one day.
I'm a better writer than I am a singer, and I express myself easily through writing.
My family are too grounded, and I will go home to visit. I always need my dose of Liverpool to keep me grounded.
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