Fans of former Strictly Come Dancing star Kimberley Walsh will most likely know that the singer has penned an autobiography entitled, A Whole Lot of History…
And in it, Kimberley claims that she and her Girls Aloud band mates, Cheryl Cole Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding and Nicola Roberts, were left furious after their manager, X Factor judge Louis Walsh, seemingly abandoned them.
The book is being serialised in The Sun, and in today’s extract, Kimberley revealed that in one angry phone call, Louis branded the band members – with the exception of Irish singer Nadine – “a bunch of English knackers!”
Kimberley wrote, “The moment the closing credits rolled on the final episode of Popstars: The Rivals in December 2002, Louis seemed to lose interest in Girls Aloud.
“He has since admitted to me he didn’t know what to do with five girls, and that he was a bit scared of us…
“But I’m not sure that’s the whole truth.”
She added, “Louis has just never really been a hands-on type of manager, and back then we suffered because of it.
“Whatever the case, his disappearing act meant we had nobody looking after us, and nobody fighting our corner as far as record company decisions went.
“Girls Aloud had a tour manager who got us where we needed to be from day to day, but we were pretty much on our own.
“In those days, we had no one planning our day-to-day diaries, and no one keeping us in line and organised…
“And very quickly, it became a mess. The record company’s marketing director, Peter Loraine, was so much more to us than his job title — he was always on the end of a phone when we needed him.
“I remember phoning him one day, feeling desperate about the situation.
“I said: ‘What are we going to do? It’s all going to s***, Peter. We need help.’
“We had formed in 2002, then, in January the next year, Cheryl Cole was arrested after a dispute with a female toilet attendant in a Guildford nightclub who later accused her of a racially aggravated assault…
“We were mortified.
“We got a call from Louis — which was probably the only call we’d had since the end of Popstars.
“He left a voicemail on Nadine’s phone, which wasn’t very nice. The gist was that we were all a bunch of English knackers — apart from Nadine — and he didn’t want anything to do with us.
“We were horrified.
“What do you do when your manager tells you that?”
Well evidently, you just carry on, and that is of course what Girls Aloud did, however, Kimberley added, “We were so naïve about everything then…
“We simply didn’t know any better. As time went on, the management issue got worse and worse.
“Louis was still nowhere to be seen and wouldn’t even take our phone calls.
“He did nothing apart from take his commission on everything we earned.
“We tried to get Nadine to contact him, as she was closest to him, but that didn’t work.
“After that, I took it upon my shoulders, because I was getting p***ed off.”
The paper adds, “Responding to the Girls Aloud star’s claims last night, Louis Walsh told The Sun on Sunday: ‘Kimberley who… ? Wait until my book comes out!’”
A Whole Lot of History goes on sale on September 26, but for now, here’s a look at Kimberley talking about her book…