'It was a slap in the face': Cheryl Cole reveals Girls Aloud were left stunned by Nadine Coyle's Brit Awards snub… as band prepare for reunion
15:08 GMT, 13 October 2012
As Girls Aloud prepare to return to our screens with a much-anticipated reunion performance on Strictly Come Dancing, Cheryl Cole has given an insight into the events that led up to the chart-topping girl group's three year hiatus.
The pop princess has revealed how bandmate Nadine Coyle – preoccupied by her attempts to launch her career in the U.S. – decided not to attend the 2008 Brit Awards with the rest of the group, telling her shocked bandmates that it wasn't really her thing.
Cheryl – who insisted their are no problems between herself and Nadine – said the Irish star's announcement prompted a 'stunned silence' from the rest of Girls Aloud – who were nominated in the Best Group category at the ceremony – 'like we'd all been slapped in the face'.
'Stunned silence': Cheryl Cole, seen here performing in Birmingham last night, has told how Nadine Coyle was attempting to find a balance between launching her U.S. career and her Girls Aloud commitments
The Geordie starlet said it was watching Nadine fight to find a balance between her Girls Aloud commitments and her dreams of U.S. success that made her realise it was time for the popular girl band to take a break.
'I felt lucky she was prepared to split herself in two,' says Cheryl in her new autobiography Cheryl: My Story.
But Cole said having the manager looking after Nadine's solo interests accompany Girls Aloud on tour was 'crossing the line'.
Solo success: Cheryl Cole is currently performing at venues around the country as part of her A Million Lights tour
'Slap in the face': Cheryl revealed that Nadine's snub left the rest of the girls in a 'stunned silence'
Describing the moment Nadine revealed
she would not be attending the Brits with the rest of the band, Cheryl
says: 'I think we all expected her to come up with some sort of excuse,
but she actually just admitted, “It's not really my thing”.
can remember a sort of stunned silence, like we'd all been slapped in
the face, but I was so cut up about my marriage this didn't really make
the impact it probably should have,' she added.
Girls Aloud will celebrate their ten year anniversary with their performance on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Member Kimberley Walsh is a contestant on this year's show.
Meanwhile, Cheryl spoke about her ex-husband Ashley Cole and his infamous infidelity when she appeared on Alan Carr's Chatty Man on Friday night.
United front: Nadine Coyle, left, did attend the 2009 Brit Awards alongside her Girls Aloud bandmates
Asked by Alan if Ashley ever
explained the reasons behind him being unfaithful, Cheryl replied: 'No,
never, never. I still don’t [know] to this day – no. It was really
'I think maybe for him that would
have been like admitting he was wrong and justifying me leaving the
marriage, whereas if he didn’t say anything, he could pretend it wasn’t
happening maybe. It's kind of sad really.'
Cheryl added that she found herself numb to the pain of the affairs as more and more emerged.
She said: 'I mean the shock initially
was the hardest to take. The next time, when it was like five, six,
seven, eight… that was just like, again, again, again, but initially
was the hardest part.'