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Nadine Coyle opens up about Girls Aloud - 'People were very bitter'

Nadine Coyle has opened up about Girls Aloud's split in 2013 - admitting some of her former bandmates were "very bitter" about her role in the group.

The Derry singer performed with Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh, and Nicola Roberts after they were formed on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

Following a break in 2009 the girls reunited for an anniversary tour in 2013 before splitting for good.

News of a divide within the band was often reported, with Cheryl, Kimberley and Nicola on one side and Nadine and Sarah on the other.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper this week, Nadine confirmed there were tensions between the girls.

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“It was fine at the start but there’s always politics in any band," she said.

“It just happened that I always got more vocals than everybody else, so in terms of people wanting their voice heard, that wasn’t happening.

“And it made people, very bitter. They didn’t like that.”

She continued: "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, you know, drink milkshakes.

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“That’s what I wanted it to be. I really, really wanted that to be, but it just wasn’t how it was.

"So yeah there was (a divide). We’re all very, very different characters.”

Following Girls Aloud's split in 2013, Nadine said the decision to go their separate ways was made during their final tour without consulting her.

“I thought we were going to continue," she explained. "I thought we were going to do loads and loads of stuff.

"We had songs, we had a three-album deal and it seemed like a great time. Obviously the girls had different plans.

“The very last night (of the tour), management had come to the room.

"I was all ready (to go on stage), just about to get dressed and they were like, ‘So I know you’re not going to like this, I know you’re not going to agree, but the girls want to split up the band’."

Nadine's new single Go To Work was released on Friday, with her new album expected to be released later this year.

The song marks her first solo track since Insatiable in 2010.

The mother-of-one has been living in LA with her daughter Anaíya and partner Jason Bell.

She is said to be back in London as she relaunches her solo music career.

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