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Thursday 26 May 2016

Nadine Coyle : This is how I speak and I'm not changing, says Girls Aloud star

By Catherine Wylie

Published 22/08/2014

Nadine with Michael Flatley and the cast of the new show
Nadine with Michael Flatley and the cast of the new show

Nadine Coyle has hit out at critics of her strong Londonderry accent, insisting: I can't change the way I talk.

The former Girls Aloud star advised people who have poked fun at her speech to "mind their own business".

The 29-year-old was born and raised in Derry but is now living in Los Angeles. She is currently in London to sing in Michael Flatley's new show Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games.

Nadine once had to be subtitled for US audiences when she appeared on America's Next Top Model. Referring to long-running criticism of her Northern Ireland accent, she said: "I can't decide which way I talk. I really, honestly can't. And it was funny, I was talking to an interviewer from Derry – there's so many of us around – and he said that when he came to London everybody thought he was American.

"I said: 'I get that all the time. People think I'm from America'.

"When you're in Ireland you know it's a Derry accent. I was born and raised in Derry and I can't really change the way I talk."

She added: "My advice to people getting criticism over their accents would be tell people to mind their own business. Why are people worrying about their accents? Worry about your own accent. Never you worry about how other people talk."

In the same interview, the Derry songbird, who has a baby girl called Anaiya with former American football player Jason Bell, said she did not miss her former Girls Aloud band mates.

She added, however, that she was still "in denial" about the group coming to an end.

Asked if her four bandmates will be coming to watch her perform at the Palladium in Flatley's new show, she said: "I don't think so."

Nadine did not say she would be meeting up with the women during her time in the capital, and when asked if she missed them, she said: "No."

She added: "I spend time with loads of people. I think it's just because maybe you're so busy that you just kind of get totally wrapped up in your own life."

Asked whether she had any wedding plans, Nadine remained coy. "My sister's getting married so it's not all about me. We're getting dresses and venues and caterers, so it's all about my sister now, and then I'll think about getting married one of these days. Maybe."

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