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Nadine Coyle's pride that US-born daughter speaks with Irish accent

By Amanda Ferguson

She was born in the USA last year, but Nadine Coyle's beautiful little daughter Anaiya already has an Irish accent just like her mother.

The Londonderry pop star was speaking about her 14-month-old girl with American partner Jason Bell - she gave birth last February - following a Diana Awards Anti-Bullying event at Facebook's headquarters in Dublin yesterday.

"She has an Irish accent already," Nadine told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I want to keep her as close to feeling Irish as what I do.

"I know she's half-American, she was born out there, but I definitely want to keep her as Irish as I possibly can."

The 29-year-old former Girls Aloud singer said she had suffered bullying over the years for her strong Derry accent.

"I can't really talk any other way," she said. "I wouldn't.

"I suppose I could put on a London accent and pretend I was from there, but then I would be one of those strange people who pick up accents no matter where they are.

"I mean, what can you do? It's definitely not nice and people can get hurt and people don't like when their accent is poked fun at.

"I wouldn't say it is my favourite part of the day, but it is just something I have had to deal with."

The Diana Award was set up for young people in memory of Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

Yesterday's Dublin event, to coincide with the Stay Safe on Facebook launch, was organised to celebrate young people who have taken a stand against bullying to become the nation's Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

The initiative has brought schools from across the Republic and Northern Ireland together and the awards showcase the best anti-bullying practices taking place, including work by Parkhall Integrated College pupils in Antrim.

"I am here to support what they have going on," Nadine said.

"I think it is a fantastic initiative. I love how kids can be helping other kids in schools and empowering them and being a sounding board, so they really don't have to go through bullying by themselves." Nadine has nieces and nephews aged between five and 18, so she is worried about bullying. "I also have a daughter so the thought of that happening to her is just horrendous," she added.

Nadine says nearly everyone will have experienced bullying or have been around it at some point in their life and with online sites it is so much easier for people to send cruel messages, which is why she uses the block button on Twitter. "Any time somebody writes something I don't like, I immediately block it and it means they can't message again," she said.

"I feel that nobody has the right to insult me in a way that comes through my phone. Nobody should do that and allow anybody to do that to them.

"It's not normal and it is really simple for them to be blocked."

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Following on from critically acclaimed performances as Erin the Goddess in Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, Nadine is back in the studio in London today recording her new album, which is due to be released late this year.

Nadine said: "I am recording an album at the minute, as we speak.

"I have been doing different performances of Lord of the Dance with Michael Flatley, which has been a great experience.

"It's so great to be able to be up on the stage and be with such a legend as Michael Flatley.

"He is great."

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