Celebrity Big Brother 2013: Claire Richards

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Age 35

Star Sign Leo

Home Town Uxbridge

35-year-old Claire is best known as a star of 90s pop group, Steps. She joined the group at the age of 19 and they went on to achieve record sales of over 20 million.

Famed for their dance routines as well as their catchy pop tunes, Steps were constantly topping the charts, won countless awards and sold out tours all over the world. After The Beatles, they were the most successful British pop group ever. Following the band’s split in 2001, Claire briefly joined forces with ex-bandmate H to form a duo act which saw them singing together as well as presenting TV shows Steps to the Stars and SM: tv Live.

As well as making headlines for her singing success, Claire’s personal life has been under much media scrutiny. While in the band, Claire embarked on an affair with her publicity manager, Reece, despite him being in a long-term relationship with a baby on the way. Of this time, Claire admits: “I still feel the shame of it every day but I was only 20 and probably too young and selfish to appreciate the impact this could have had. The guilt of what I was doing to another woman, even though they weren’t happy, was killing me.”

Claire married backing dancer Mark a few years later but admits that she didn’t want to marry him. “I didn’t enjoy myself on our wedding day at all,” she says. She subsequently cheated on Mark with Dane Bowers (who was in a relationship with Katie Price at the time) and broke off their marriage after 18 months. Claire married ‘love of her life’ Reece in 2008 and they have two children together.

Last updated: Thursday 3 January 2013
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