Nadine Coyle has been on a roller coaster journey since the break-up of Girls Aloud.
The singer has moved from Northern Ireland to Los Angeles, dated some famous faces, had a daughter and launched a solo career.
But it hasn’t all been plain sailing as Nadine was caught up in a bitter feud with some of her fellow Girls Aloud members after they split in 2013.
As well as antagonistic comments in public there were also reportedly dramatic backstage rows between some of the girls.
It would take years for the wounds to heal but it seems the former bandmates have settled their differences and are now rallying behind Nadine’s close friend Sarah Harding during her devastating cancer battle.
Here is a look at what Nadine has been up to since the band split.
Girls Aloud achieved phenomenal success with a string of 20 consecutive UK top ten singles in the noughties, including four number ones.
They decided to take a break in 2009 to pursue solo projects – with Nadine singing a deal with Tesco’s record label and releasing her debut solo album ‘Insatiable’ through her own label, Black Pen Records, in a partnership with the supermarket giant in 2012.
Nadine had been touted as the best singer by their boss Louis Walsh and many expected the Irish singer to be the band’s breakout success.
During the band’s hiatus, the girls went head-to-head with their solo offerings, with Cheryl’s ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ going platinum while Nadine’s ‘Insatiable’ sold less than 150 copies on its first day of release.
“The truth is, I knew I could never take on Cheryl. She has all the power of the X Factor and Simon Cowell behind her,” Nadine told Star magazine at the time. “It’s a massive advantage.”
Girls Aloud feud
The band got back together to mark their 10th anniversary in November 2012, but it didn’t last long as they had disbanded for good by March the next year.
At the time, Nadine admitted she didn’t want the ban to split and claimed she has been blindsided with the news via their manager just minutes before the final show of their reunion tour.
Taking to Twitter the next morning, a furious Nadine told fans: “You should know by now I had no part in any of this split business. I couldn’t stop them. I had the best time & want to keep going. Xxxx”
Cheryl hit back, telling Attitude magazine that Nadine was “full of s***” and accusing her of holding the band to “ransom”.
“She was the one who wanted to make a solo record. Which is why we took the hiatus. She wants to come out and say we broke the band up? No! She shouldn’t tell porkie pies,” the Geordie star raged.
“Okay, so do you want us to tell the truth? She wasn’t going to make another Girls Aloud record until she got a solo deal. I feel she held us to ransom and then made her solo record deal.
“It’s the truth. She’s saying that we broke the band up. So there you go.”
And their public mud-slinging was just the tip of the iceberg, according to a source, who claimed it kicked off royally behind the scenes on that fateful night.
“It was really dramatic and there were a lot of tears. Nadine and Cheryl were both fighting their corner and nobody was prepared to budge,” the insider told the Daily Star.
“Nadine was saying [Cheryl] was trying to control everything.
“But Cheryl thinks it’s nonsense. They only ever agreed to get back together for an anniversary tour and then leave it at that.”
The fallout was bitter and Nadine said the others “didn’t like that” she was being thrust further forward as the main vocal talent and was getting more solos than the others.
She admitted: “It’s so sad for me to have to admit this stuff now because for so long there’s the band, and you want everybody to think we’re best friends and we have pillow fights and drink milkshakes.
“That’s what I wanted it to be, but it just wasn’t how it was.
“So yeah, there was a divide. We’re all very, very different characters.”
Dumping Jason Bell
Nadine moved to LA in 2006 and opened an Irish pub restaurant in Sunset Beach named ‘Nadine’s Irish Mist’ in 2008 as a family-run business.
While there she met former American football player Jason Bell and love blossomed quickly as they lived an idyllic life in a beach front home.
He popped the question and she immediately said ‘yes’, but their relationship hit the skids when her first solo album flopped during Girls Aloud’s hiatus.
Nadine fled her home and her engagement to reassess her life away from the spotlight.
“I got with Jason when I was 23 and [got] engaged, and I suddenly thought: ‘Hang on. I can’t get married, I’m only 25!’” she explained to The Sun.
“I needed to take a wee bit of time out. So I moved to New York.”
Unbeknown to fans, they patched things up and Jason proposed again in 2014 after the birth of their daughter Anaiya.
However, parenthood put a big strain on their relationship and the Irish singer started suffering from anxiety and near-constant worry about their daughter.
“A baby adds more stress to a relationship – you’re up all night and it really is a test. Everything changes. You can’t just go for lunch or dinner or a drink. That goes out the window, and you’re dealing with the serious stuff,” she told The Sun
“I know some people say it made everything better. Like, who are you people? I don’t know anyone like that. I reckon you’re lying. I don’t need to feel bad about myself with your lies. Unfollow!”
And in the same 2018 interview, Nadine, 34, admitted she still hadn’t married Jason because she felt “too young”.
“I’m just not a huge romantic type and getting married is a hugely romantic gesture,” she said.
Distance is said to have become a problem after Nadine moved back to Ireland with her daughter in 2017 following the closure of her beach bar.
Jason is said to have stayed in LA for his career, and news of their split followed this year amid claims they were leading “separate lives”.
Solo career ends
Nadine made several attempts to relaunch her solo career, releasing comeback single ‘Go To Work’ in 2017.
It failed to make the Official Singles Chart and she was forced to cancel a seven-date tour of the UK and Ireland in 2018.
Admitting it “wasn’t meant to be” she told fans she couldn’t deliver the kind of show she wanted.
“You deserve the best show possible and with such big venues and very little dates it was becoming impossible to achieve what we had wanted to do,” she explained.
“Everything is a lesson & this is definitely one for me. Thank you for your continued love & support!!!”
And Simon made it quite clear he was Team Cheryl when he made a snide dig about Nadine following her second failed bid at a solo career in 2017.
When Cheryl joined him for the X Factor’s judges’ houses, Simon urged her to reunite Girls Aloud before sniping: “Why don’t we get Nadine for dinner?…the three of us and we should talk about it.
“I mean Nadine is not exactly storming the charts as a solo artist is she?”
Kimberley feud finishes
Nadine and Kimberley Wyatt were not on the best of terms until recently.
While Nadine was in the Australian jungle for I’m A Celebrity, Kimberley seemed to make a dig about their “working relationship” as opposed to a “genuine” friendship with some of the other girls.
In a savage snub, the songstress ruled her bond with Nadine was strictly professional in comparison to her flourishing friendship with Cheryl and Nicola Roberts.
Speaking on Loose Women in November 2019, she said: “Yeah [I was more friendly with Cheryl and Nicola]. It is true genuine real connection between us three.”
She added: “With Sarah and Nadine, it was more of a work relationship but it’s like family you’d feel for them. You don’t see them all the time.”
However, it appears the seven-year feud ended in July last year when Kimberley credited lockdown for giving her time to reflect on the past, and consequently reach out to the Irish singer.
When quizzed on if she’s been keeping in touch with her ex bandmates during lockdown, Kimberley said: “I speak to Cheryl and Nicola [Roberts] all the time anyway, but I have been in touch with Nadine [Coyle] and Sarah [Harding], too.”
She added: “Lockdown has been a time for reflection. Nadine and I were chatting the other day and we’re going to get the kids together as they haven’t met yet.”
Moving back in with ex
Nadine and Jason sparked rumours they were getting back together when he competed on Strictly Come Dancing last year.
They were the talk of the showbiz circuit when they held hands in the car leaving the BBC studios after a live show and Jason hinted at a reconciliation with his famous ex-girlfriend.
He told Heat magazine: “A lot of people want a lot of things, so you never know!”
Last month, it was revealed that Nadine had moved back in with Jason as they continue to co-parent their little girl.
However despite their unconventional living arrangement working for them, the pair refused to put a label on their situation.
“What we are doing definitely works for us,” she told OK!. “It has worked, so we’re just sticking with that. It’s all about being supportive and being there for each other.”
When quizzed on whether the pair are now dating again, Nadine insisted they are “very close”.
“I’ve known Jason for 14 years, which is a really long time. We get on great. We eat dinner together and have a lovely time,” she said.
“He’s a great father to Anaíya – he’s helping her with school work as we speak. Jason and I will always be in each other’s lives.
“When you have a baby together and spend so much time together, there’s always that familiarity there. With so much going on in the world we’re just trying to be in the moment and be there for Anaíya,” she added.
Supporting Sarah Harding
Sarah Harding was tragically diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2020 and went public with her diagnosis last summer.
In her new book Heart Me Out, Sarah admitted she was a “mess” when she was told the devastating news, and immediately thought she was going to die.
Sarah has spoken about how she coped with learning she had breast cancer and turned to close pal Nadine for comfort.
She said she spent the evening with Nadine, crying and drinking wine, as her former bandmate told her how much she loved her.
When there was a brief break in lockdowns back in December 2020, Nadine travelled up to Manchester to see Sarah to share some wine, cook and exchange presents.
Sarah wrote: “Throughout the evening, we all had our moments of hysterical laugher followed by tears.
“At one point, Nadine told me in no uncertain terms how much she cared about me: ‘You don’t understand, Sarah. I love you!'”
The pair stayed up late into the night, eating cheese and biscuits and talking, with Sarah adding: “OK, so it wasn’t like the nights of wild partying I did back in the day, but it was still very special.”
Putting feud behind them
Nadine has insisted the band have put their differences behind them as they all support Sarah through her cancer battle.
The Irish singer told OK! Magazine that the band has “a nice harmony going on now”, after putting to bed their rift that had rumbled on since they each went their separate ways.
“When we see each other, it’s like we’ve stepped back in time. As if we’ve only seen each other yesterday. It’s such a tough time, but all of us have pulled together,” she said.
She described how seeing her friend fight cancer has made her think about life, adding: “You start thinking about everyone in your life. We all go along thinking it won’t happen to us, but it’s just a ticking time bomb. You just have to enjoy life as best as you can.”
However, Nadine shut down rumours of a Girls Aloud reunion, saying that Sarah Harding’s health is the “priority”.
Girls Aloud will celebrate their 20th anniversary next year but Nadine has said that they aren’t thinking about how they’re going to mark the milestone while Sarah is ill.
Speaking on an Instagram Live, Nadine said: “I would love to be like ‘yes, this is what we are doing’ – at the minute it is very much thinking about Sarah, very much being there for Sarah.
“It is a really unfortunate time for her and the whole thing is like ‘come on, come on’ because that could be the priory talking about ‘shall we go do a tour’ or ‘should we do something’?”
Nadine added: “Instead we are worried about Sarah, so we are focusing everything. That is the main priority.”
She will be competing on tonight’s Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer.