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Friday 22 August 2014

Church vows to carry on working

Charlotte Church has said she will have to carry on working because she can't afford not to

Charlotte Church may have made millions as a child star - but she says that she will have to work for the rest of her life.

The singer, 28, was reported to be worth £11 million in 2010, bu t she told a new show for BBC One Wales that she was never as rich as people think.

Charlotte, who turned her back on her foray into pop to release experimental music, said that her supposed wealth had been "massively exaggerated".

The Voice Of An Angel told the programme: "I will have to work, I will have to work for the rest of my life. I can't just sit back... not only because (not working would drive her mad) but because I have to. "

She joked that because reports of her wealth were so inflated, the tax man was "looking at my account going 'where are you hiding all this money then?'."

Charlotte, who has sold more than 10 million records, was a household name by the age of 12 and p erformed for two US presidents, the Queen, Pope John Paul II and Hollywood celebrities.

But she said that her priority was always her family: "I've always understood that all of that stuff wasn't very important," she said, adding that she has not got "any celebrity friends".

Charlotte, who met her partner Jonathan Powell in 2010, said that while some people wondered whether she had missed out on her childhood, she felt differently.

"My life is so full and so rich that I feel like I've definitely had the good side of the deal," she said.

In the programme Charlotte Church: In Her Own Voice, to be aired this month, she called her new music "intense" and an "assault on the senses".

Charlotte later hit back at suggestions she is working because she has hit financial difficulties, and not by choice.

"So the tabloids want to make me out to be a profligate waste of space on the week that my live concert airs on @BBCWales #LevesonSourGrapes?" she tweeted.

"Maybe I should thank them for the bad publicity, so all the honest folk they've duped tune in to my doc thinking I'm a turd. #not-a-turd."

The former operatic singer, who split in 2010 from rugby star fiance Gavin Henson, the father of her two children, previously told Stylist magazine: "I haven't got a lot of money.

"I've got enough to be comfortable if I was reasonable for the rest of my life, but I'm not reasonable, so I will have to find a way to sustain my lifestyle."

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