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Friday 22 August 2014

Alexandra Burke: I'm still singing

Alexandra Burke shot to fame on The X Factor

Alexandra Burke has said she won't give up her singing career despite training to become a life coach.

The star, 25, a former X Factor winner, wants to help other people develop their potential.

But Alexandra, who beat JLS to win the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008, said she is still planning a third album.

"I'm training to be a life coach," she said. "I've been doing this for about five months now. I've discovered a lot in me that I've always wanted to do through this, so it's been great."

But she added: "It's alongside music, my music will always come first."

Alexandra is putting the finishing touches to her third album, which she's been recording over the last two years, having split from her previous record label in 2013.

"It can get frustrating at times," she said of the lengthy recording process, "because I just want to be back on stage."

The Hallelujah singer, who is supporting Bupa's new campaign to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes, has also been taking acting classes.

"It's challenging. It's something that I wouldn't say comes naturally to me," she admitted. "In school, I loved doing singing, dancing and acting. It came naturally to me at 16, I just need to get back on to it so it can be natural again."

:: Alexandra Burke's working with Bupa to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes. Bupa and Diabetes UK have created a risk and management tool, Type 2 and Me, to help you understand your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and how to manage it if diagnosed. For more information, visit Facebook.com/bupauk

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