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Pixie Lott: I burnt my hand microwaving soup and had to go to A&E... I'm lucky my fiance can cook

Singer and The Voice Kids coach Pixie Lott chats to Katie Wright about the culinary ups and downs of lockdown life


Bowls of fun: Pixie Lott at the Alpro shoot

Bowls of fun: Pixie Lott at the Alpro shoot

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Lott with Oliver Cheshire

Lott with Oliver Cheshire


Bowls of fun: Pixie Lott at the Alpro shoot

A talented singer and dancer she may be, but Pixie Lott is not, by her own admission, an expert when it comes to kitchen endeavours.

At the beginning of lockdown, the London-born pop star attempted to heat up a pot of shop-bought soup in the microwave ("The only thing I can really make apart from overnight oats,") and ended up with a badly burned hand when the scalding contents of the tub spilled out.

"It all ran down my hand - it was piping hot and all my skin went molten," she recalls. "It was really painful."

After Googling, Lott decided to wrap her hand in cling film to keep the burn clean and hoped this would do the trick (Please note: it is always best to consult a doctor or pharmacist, or call NHS 111 for advice on appropriate treatment and self-managing minor wounds and burns).

"It did start to heal and then a week later it got really, really bad and it got infected, so I did have to go to A&E. But they were amazing, and it's all healed now, so it's all good."

Looking on the bright side, Lott says the soup disaster has given her even more of an excuse to avoid cooking duties, which is not a problem in her household.

"Oliver, my fiance, is a really, really good cook. So I'm very lucky on that front, because he makes such lovely dinners."

Lott has been dating model Oliver Cheshire since 2010 - the pair got engaged in 2016.

"We've been ordering loads of Deliveroo. And we've also ordered hampers where you can buy all the ingredients, and then you cook it (at home). Oliver's been doing all the cooking; I've been ordering the deliveries."

The 29-year-old says having "loads of quality time" with her fiance has been the best thing about lockdown, and the couple have been enjoying lots of al fresco dining at their East London home. "We've got a little terrace area and for the first time we've actually been using it, because we haven't been at home together for this amount of time, ever.

"It's got hanging lights and a table and chairs, so we call it our little restaurant, we call it 'The Crab Shack'."

Usually at this time of year the singer - whose real name is Victoria; she goes by Pixie, the nickname her mum gave her as a baby - would be performing at festivals up and down the country.

"I had loads of gigs and festivals (planned), which I definitely am missing. I can't remember the last time I did a show now," she muses.

One project she was able to take part in, after lockdown restrictions were eased, was a photoshoot with Alpro (alpro.com/uk) where Lott was given a 'mOAT-tache' made from the brand's oat drink, a decade after she starred in the Make Mine Milk campaign.

"I can't remember when I swapped over to Oat Drink," she says. "I'm not vegan, but I have a very plant-based diet and I don't have dairy.

"It's really good for you, it's good for the planet, and it's really good for your skin, I've found."

Apart from the photo shoot, Lott says she's been keeping busy during lockdown by getting creative and posting performances online for fans. "I've just been doing normal stuff like writing songs, and I've done a little 'shower series' of videos on my Instagram."

But as much as she's enjoyed the time off, Lott is looking forward to getting back on stage again.

"Singing is my favorite thing in the world to do, so I am definitely missing that, I can't wait for that to get back to normal.

"I don't know when it will be, or what the rules will be, or the restrictions - I guess we'll just have to wait and see."

Belfast Telegraph