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Noughties pop star goes solo after feeling ‘traumatised’ by girl group-Robert Oliver-Entertainment – Metro

She has three UK number ones to her name.

Noughties pop star goes solo after feeling ‘traumatised’ by girl group-Robert Oliver-Entertainment – Metro

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Natasha Hamilton has officially begun her second go at a solo career after saying she was left ‘traumatised’ by her experiences in Atomic Kitten.

The Liverpudlian singer, 41, was part of the girl group between 1999 and 2003 with the likes of Kerry Katona (who left in 2001), Liz McClarnon, and Jenny Frost.

Atomic Kitten scored three UK number one singles – most famous of those was Whole Again – and achieved two UK number one albums in the early 2000s.

Their success might have been brief but they left a mark on the pop music of the decade – despite that, Natasha said she still fell out of love with the music industry.

Appearing on Friday’s This Morning, she said: ‘I’ve never been solo. Life takes over, I’ve had five kids and I fell out of love with music, but I found my way back.’

Natasha did release one solo single in 2010, titled Mrs. Emotional, and she performed vocals on the 2007 single Round & Round by Dutch DJ Mischa Daniels.

Natasha Hamilton is only just making her big return to pop music (Picture: Jon Super/Redferns)

Atomic Kitten hit the big time back in the early 2000s (Picture: Getty)

After a few years away, she said she’s ready to come back to pop music: ‘It would have been a big regret if I hadn’t returned to music, it was an itch that needed itching.’

When asked about her life immediately after Atomic Kitten, she revealed: ‘I was traumatised. I’d had five intense years with Atomic Kitten and when that came to an end, it was really abrupt. I wasn’t too wasn’t too well at the time.’

She said she learned a lot about who her friends were at the time: ‘Everyone disappeared. Friends were leaving. I realised who my friends were, people came and went.’

The trio are one of the biggest selling British girl groups of all time (Picture: Getty)

Natasha (left) still performs with Liz (right) in the new Atomic Kitten (Picture: Getty)

Atomic Kitten’s other two number one singles were covers: one Blondie’s version of The Tide is High, originally recorded in 1967 by The Paragons, and another of The Bangles’ Eternal Flame.

The group were formed in 1998, with singers Kerry, Liz, and Heidi Range listed as the original trio – Heidi left in 1999 and eventually joined Sugababes years later.

Heidi was replaced by Natasha in 1999 before Kerry herself left the group just as they were beginning to take off – Jenny Frost took her place in 2001.

After achieving only moderate success with their first few songs, the group were about to be dropped by their label, with Whole Again released as a last-ditch attempt to win the public over.

The song shot straight to number one and sold over a million copies, and to this day remains one of the biggest selling songs ever released by a British girl group.

Natasha has returned to the spotlight with her song Edge of Us, which was released on Friday and is available on all major streaming platforms.

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