Girls Aloud 'didn't know anything about the industry' when they first started: 'We were ourselves...'

Girls Aloud "didn't know anything" about the music industry" when they first started.

The girl band - which consists of Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh - were formed through the ITV1 reality show 'Popstars: The Rivals' in 2002 and went on to achieve massive success with five studio albums but claimed that their lack of experience to begin with meant they could be more "genuine" to fans.

Nadine told The Guardian's Saturday Magazine: "We didn't have a manager. We were a new band one day and we were No 1 the next week. It was like the horse had bolted through the gate before we really knew ...

"We didn't know anything about each other or the industry. We weren't being like, 'Yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir.'

"We were more ourselves, and it meant that we could be genuine. We didn't conform to the pop princess image that everybody assumed we would conform to."

The 'Sound of the Underground' hitmakers are just nearing the end of 'The Girls Aloud Show' tour - which is their first as a four-piece after Sarah Harding died of breast cancer in 2021 aged just 39 - and have just announced a free gig will take place at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on July 2.

But Nadine was insistent that she "doesn't care" if attitudes towards women in the music industry have changed since their heyday because they are just going to "do what they want" to do regardless.

She said: "I don't care if they have or if they haven't. We're going to do what we want, and they can either like it or not. It's up to them. People are always going to have a problem, it's just not our problem"