We sat down to talk to Nicola Roberts about writing for Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh’s baby bump and how she keeps fit. Plus, find out who her TV girl crush is…
Hey Nicola, so what are you up to right now?
At the minute I’m writing for different things, but basically I’m in the studio every day writing. It’s my favourite place. It’s my favourite part of what we do.
Why do you love it so much?
It’s a nice feeling when people take the song. When you’re writing for yourself you can’t get whether it’s good, it’s just something you connect to.
You’ve been writing for Little Mix and Cheryl haven’t you? What can you tell us?
I can’t tell much because when you give the song up – it’s their thing. I’m really excited for everyone to hear Cheryl’s album though.
Do you miss the Girls Aloud gals?
I do miss touring with the girls. Making music and touring is the best part, the stuff in the middle is trivial. The girls are like your family on the road, and touring is like stability in a schedule of chaos. I was talking to Little Mix recently and they felt the same way.
You still see the girls quite a bit – who’s the best at arranging a get-together?
Kimberley, because she’s very organised.
So Cheryl’s back on X Factor soon – what can we expect?
I can’t wait, she makes an incredible mentor. I think whatever category she gets, they’ll be lucky because she puts everything into it. She is so endearing, and I know I would be happy to have her as a mentor.
Will we see a different Cheryl to the old one?
She has changed a little bit – I think we’ll see a different side
Sooo, there’s another baby on the way in Team GA – are you excited?
I’m so excited for another Baby Aloud. I feel like Kimberley is a mum already. She’s glowing. I think some people really flourish in pregnancy, and some fall apart but she has really taken to it. Her bump is really cute and neat. She just seems really happy.
Ok, moving on! Tell us a product you’re really into right now…
I love Rodial, their products are amazing. If I’m having a no makeup day I’ll carry one of their masks around. It’s got dragon venom, and as soon as you apply it, it picks your face up instantly.
Dragon venom, hey? Nice. Anything else? What about your hair?
Tamara Ecclestone has a hair range called Show, she has this one product in a little gold bottle and it looks like perfume but it’s for your hair, but it also acts as a vitamin mask. It’s amazing but it’s a bit of a splurge.
You’ve got great hair, but who’s your hair idol?
My celebrity hair icon is Lana Del Rey, and beauty wise I like Jennifer Lawrence and I love Kerry Washington in Scandal – her make-up is flawless on that show. She is one of my TV icons.
You’ve got a great figure – what’s your secret?
I like walking the dogs. I do 100 squats while I brush my teeth
Both morning and night?
No, just in the morning. Jesus, I don’t do them at night, too!
How about food?
I’m quite fussy about food now. I won’t eat frozen food and I like to know where my food has come from. I don’t like anything going in my body that’s from a packet. I used to eat microwave ready meals, because we were so busy, but now I like to eat clean.