Nadine Coyle insists you don’t have to ‘do special favours’ for men in power, and talks Girls Aloud feud

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Mel EvansThursday 8 Feb 2018 12:38 pm

Nadine Coyle insists you don’t have to ‘do special favours’ for men, and talks Girls Aloud
Nadine Coyle is hitting the road solo again (Picture: Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images)

Nadine Coyle has revealed her thoughts on sexism in the entertainment industry in a revealing interview after announcing her latest solo tour and EP, out in April.

The former Girls Aloud hitmaker, who’s just released new single Girls On Fire, is about to embark on a seven-date tour in May without the four women who made up Girls Aloud with the star all those years ago.

And 15 years after she shot to fame in the successful girl band, the mother admits she has changed ‘so much, but also not at all’ since the early days, when she formed the group as a teenager.

But what has come with that growth is a sense of self and the courage to say ‘no’, as she spoke with about being a female in a world of #MeToo and Time’s Up.

‘Sexism definitely exists – you see that in all walks of life,’ she said. ‘They think just because you’re a woman, you’re not as respected and you just have to go with it.

Nadine Coyle insists you don’t have to ‘do special favours’ for men, and talks Girls Aloud
Nadine says women need to feel comfortable saying no (Credit: Chris Jepson/

‘I’ve worked with a lot of men and with most of them I only had great, positive experiences in that sense. But I know a lot of people that haven’t had great experiences and it’s important for young girls, and boys, to know it’s okay to say no. You don’t have to go do something with someone just so you can get a job.’

In a time when multiple women have come forward and alleged sexual abuse toward the likes of Harvey Weinstein and other entertainment industry power players, Nadine added: ‘You should be good enough by yourself and [not feel like you have to] do special favours to get you where you need to be… there’s always going to be powerful people but that doesn’t mean you can’t be your own person and your own individual.’

The singer has a four-year-old daughter, Anaíya, with her partner, former American footballer Jason Bell, and she has a lot of hope for the sort of future her daughter might inherit now many are speaking up.

‘I have a lot of hope for the kids, I really hope it works out, the difference in how the kids are now compared to my generation and definitely generation before, people have a lot more understanding and they’re more tolerant and I hope it sticks.’

Nadine will hit the road in just a few months for her tour, saying she is ‘giving the fans what they want’ as she takes the Girls Aloud songs on the road, as well as her latest releases including Get To Work.

She revealed to us that there was talk of her going on tour last November, but she ‘wanted to put on the best show she possibly could’ – but she’s still a little nervous to hit the stage, saying she prefers to share it with others.

‘It’s scary,’ she said. ‘I love doing things on stage with other people. I rarely do shows just by myself, I’ve had vocalists or musicians so I can look at them and connect – and say “can you breathe…do you need a water?”‘

While she’s performed the songs the girl group made famous solo before, fans were wondering why Nadine was calling the show a ‘Girls Aloud Reunion’ if it was only her.

‘All of the girls [from the group] have sung Girls Aloud songs, it makes sense – why would you not?’ she said. ‘The songs are so good.’

Nadine Coyle insists you don’t have to ‘do special favours’ for men, and talks Girls Aloud
Girls Aloud in 2003 (Photo by David Tonge/Getty Images)

When asked if she’d chatted with any other her former band mates – Cheryl, Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts – about the upcoming performances she replied: ‘I haven’t spoken to the girls in a long, long time.’

It’s no surprise then, that rumours seemed to swirl around the group that there was some sort of ‘feud’, especially when Cheryl posted a photo with Nicola and Kimberley on the 15 year anniversary of thee group’s formation.

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But Nadine has chosen not to engage in gossip about any feud or whether it was simply amped up for the drama.

‘I don’t really see what the articles say, so I don’t know if anything was blown out of proportion. I don’t really pay that much attention to it, to be honest.

‘I have a very good, close circle of friends, I keep it positive. Obviously there is the negative stuff, but you’ve got to let go of it. You can’t get bogged down in the details of anything, otherwise you’d drive yourself mad.’

Nadine’s first song from her EP, Girls On Fire, is out today, and ticket’s for Nadine’s tour go on sale Friday. Visit

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