“They said that we were the football team, and she was the quarterback.You know, we weren’t allowed to talk in interviews.She is an alumnus of I’m a Celebrity (Get Me Out Of Here) - in the 2012 series, she was runner-up - and is a regular co-host on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. It had a difficult conception, she admits, born largely out of confidence issues.“In the studio, my voice just closed up.During my time in the Dolls, I was told that I shouldn’t sing, that I wasn’t allowed, and I suppose that had an impact on me.Speaking to this month’s FHM she said: “There’s a part of me that always has the little bit of the sassy, sexiness in her.That’s probably why I ended up with The Pussycat Dolls in the first place.” And she sure looks sexy in her new snaps.He filed for bankruptcy in 2005, a consequence of which, the Daily Mirror claimed, has put a strain on their relationship.Her younger brother Jayce, meanwhile, is a paranoid schizophrenic, and has been arrested many times on drug charges, theft and for indecent exposure.“My brother has been dealt a shitty card,” she says.
His tongue lolls.“I remember when I first left Phoenix for LA,” she says.
Ashley Roberts is running late, stuck in traffic, the usual excuse of popstars on the promo treadmill. But they don’t do health juices here, it transpires, and so she has to make do with sparkling water.
But, look, here she comes now, all blonde and radiant, sunglasses quickly repositioned on top of her head to reveal the whites of her eyes, and suddenly she is pulling me into an unexpectedly warm embrace, cheek to cheek. She is big on detoxing, she tells me, but only intermittently.
She has just come back from a week at a health spa: “Very hardcore.” I ask how she celebrated upon returning home, and she laughs.
“Dim sum, and a bottle of vodka.”Ashley Roberts was once one of the four Pussycat Dolls that wasn’t Nicole Sherzinger, the US burlesque act of Don’t Cha fame whose singer so dominated the spotlight the other members were cast into shadow, a blur of bedazzled bra and knicker combinations.“We were always told it was very much Nicole’s project,” she shrugs.
“He’s in a home now, so I don’t get to see him much, but I do visit every Christmas. He’s been an angel for me, and I guess he reflects back to me that I should live life as an adventure, and make the most of everything.” For a while at least, being in the Pussycat Dolls was her making the most of everything, but that soon soured.