Share this article Share She said: But I loved it. Skiing defined my childhood. When I was at home, I had to practise on a dry ski slope for three to four hours every day after school. By now, though, her sights were fixed on the music business. Aged 16, she sang on her own in , attempting to stand out among the thousands of hopefuls in a tiny pair of white shorts and a metallic vest top, grinding her hips as she sang.
Undeterred, two years later a determined Mollie was back — this time trying the girl band route with a group called Fallen Angelz. They made it as far as Boot Camp, the round before the finals.
Maybe some of their magic would rub off on Mollie? With a furious marketing blitz behind them, The Saturdays were sent straight out on tour with Girls Aloud in and given songs from a team of highly paid hit-writers. Three albums were released in four years, with tours to accompany each of them. One member of the band, Frankie Sandford, had a baby, and another, Una Healy, decided to go solo.
She wailed in I hope the fans keep buying the singles and coming to the shows. I want to go on for years and years. While that would usually be counted as a good innings in the pop world, it has proved not nearly enough for Mollie.
She has admitted she pursues the limelight with grim determination, saying: But then I told myself: She dated Gandy for nine months after meeting the model at an event in He treats me so well and is such a romantic. He treats me like a princess. In April , there were reports of a serious upgrade when Mollie was seen going to polo matches and hanging out in the London nightclubs Bunga Bunga and Public with Prince Harry.
They had first met at the polo in , but Harry was with Chelsy Davy at the time. The attention has been a bit overwhelming. In August , she got back together with Gandy again. It only got to number 90 in the chart, before dropping out the following week. With her new release, Hair Down, she is attempting to recover from that disaster, but has some way to go as it entered the charts on Friday, again at a disappointing number She said last week: My fan base come to me for that feel-good party thing.
A red-carpet veteran, Mollie knows exactly what to wear to steal the show. In , she wore an astonishing cut-out red satin dress to the Glamour Women of the Year Awards — revealing both side and underboob, and a generous amount of midriff, too. For the launch of her debut solo single last year, she posed in a racy PVC outfit for a magazine. This was slashed to the navel and then cut up to the waist, showing acres of thigh — a daring decision worthy of Elizabeth Hurley. Over the years she has advertised tampons, hair removal cream, ice creams, clothes and make-up.
Mollie has even emerged from the wreckage of her girl band with a slew of new deals, including one with Maybelline Cosmetics. Mollie is hotly fancied on Strictly Come Dancing this year.
She has been partnered with diminutive A. Pritchard, who danced with gymnast Claudia Fragapane last year — and came fourth.
Mollie is only 5ft 4in, so the pairing with 5ft 6in A. J,, a former Latin champion, may prove ideal.