Now over three years since Girls Aloud announced they'd be disbanding for good, we've decided to take a look at the five ladies who made up one of the world's biggest all-female groups and exactly what they've been up to in the past few years.
With Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding all household names, the five have gone in some interesting directions. So where have they been and what should we expect from them? Read on to find out.
July of 2013 saw Cheryl post a picture to her Instagram account from the studio, hinting that she was working on brand new solo material. She wasn't just returning to music however, with it being revealed nine months later in March of 2014 that she would be returning as a judge on The X Factor UK for its eleventh series, signing a contract worth a reported £1.5 million. Musically she shot straight back to the top of the charts with her single 'Crazy Stupid Love' featuring Tinie Tempah, selling 118,000 copies and becoming her fourth number one single on the UK chart. This meant that she was tied with Rita Ora and Geri Halliwell as the third British female to achieve four number ones as a solo artist. More information was divulged about her fourth studio album 'Only Human' during an interview with Graham Norton, and she confirmed on August 28 2014 that the second single was the "very fun pop" tune 'I Don't Care'. Becoming her fifth number one in the UK, Cheryl was named the only British female to ever have five number one solo singles in the UK. 'Only Human' debuted on November 10 of the same year and cracked the top ten in the album chart.
One notable change about Cheryl is her last name, and after she announced her surprise marriage to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini on July 7, it was clear she had well and truly moved on from her dramatic relationships of time gone by. That was of course until the drama hit THIS relationship, and the marriage fell apart.
Cheryl is now in a relationship with former One Direction member Liam Payne, and the couple seem VERY loved up if their social media posts are anything to go by.
Shortly after the Girls Aloud split was announced, Coyle took to her Twitter account to say she was back in the music studio working on "exciting" solo material. In a later chat with Hello! magazine, she explained how she has plans to tour around the world and is currently working on a television project. Later that same year, Nadine appeared as part of ITV Music Specials on Michael Flatley: A Night to Remember, singing a cover of 'Dangerous Games' before announcing that 2014 would see her star alongside Flatley on his tour. Again in 2014 she confirmed she was working on new songs for her second studio album, and hinted that it would most likely be released in the middle of 2015. Work for that record has seen her collaborate with longtime friend Brian Higgins, and just last year, she explained that she intends on signing with a major label with her new sound, which is "similar" to that of London Grammar.
Last year she also told fans that she hoped to have her new album out by the end of 2016 - so fingers crossed for some exciting music news soon!
Not just busy in her work life, she reconciled with Jason Bell on a romantic level and announced that she was having a baby through her Instagram account on August 15, 2013. That baby arrived on February 10 2013, and the young girl was naimed Anaiya Bell.
Despite saying in October 2011 that she was working on a brand new solo album, there's been no emergence of the like from Nicola. She did however write four tracks for Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's album 'Only Human', and wrote another two - 'See Me Now' and 'They Just Don't Know You' - for Little Mix's sophomore album 'Salute'. Despite no solo work having found its way to fans' ears just yet, January of 2014 saw producer Fred Ball confirm he was working with Roberts on a record.
In her personal life, Nicola was unfortunately unlucky in love and split from her partner Charlie Fennel in 2014, after they slowly built a relationship following their initial meeting in 2008. Aside from that, she's one member of the group who seems to have taken the split as a chance to sit back out of the spotlight for a while - and good for her for making that choice.
July 2013 saw Kimberley announce through the Daily Mail that she was back in the studio recording her second solo studio album, slated for a release in 2014. Since then there hasn't been much talk of the record. It wasn't released as planned, but autobiography A Whole Lot Of History did hit shelves on September 26, 2013, with book signings taking place across the United Kingdom. Getting back in the music studio with a whole bunch of other pop stars including Melanie C, Emma Bunton and Pixie Lott, Kimberley featuring in the England 2014 World Cup song - a track produced by Gary Barlow after being recorded in London at Sarm Studios.
Another member of the group who seems to have mostly taken a step out of the spotlight, it would be great to hear Kimberley's vocals laid down on a whole new and original album in the near future.
Naming Lady Gaga as her biggest influence in 2010, the solo album that Sarah Harding had promised fans never saw the light of day. Plans to release that record were then moved in June 2012 to the following year, but when that again saw a record fail to materialise, Harding hinted that a release could come in 2014. Again with no release, just this week has seen Harding say she's been having good sessions in the music studio, so we could see an LP drop from her before the year's up. Stepping back into the world of acting, Sarah took a role in Coronation Street only to film a small number of scenes before being let go from the soap.
Meanwhile, personally Harding has faced some trouble that's been documented by the media. April 16, 2013 saw her receive a six-month driving ban after she was caught talking on her phone whilst driving through Central London. Nine points for speeding had already been accumulated before the incident, which led to the decision to hand down the ban. Her love life also hit the rocks in September 2014, when she parted ways with music producer Mark Foster after a relationship lasting nearly two years.
Whether it's Cheryl, Nadine, Sarah, Nicola or Kimberley, these girls have won the hearts of the UK. We can't wait to see what's next for them.
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