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Scraps with Jordan on Jerry Springer,
dodgy paparazzi shots and two unexpected number one
singles - no wonder Atomic Kitten is constantly
in the news.
Fitzpatrick hooks up with the trio in Dublin's
Fitzwilliam Hotel Things didn't always look this good
for Atomic Kitten. Several failed attempts at a number
one single plus the departure of their highest profile
member, Kerry, put the girls at risk of fading
since the unexpected number one success of Whole
Again and the subsequent hit Eternal Flame,
these kittens have had a lot to purr about, and are
still willing to hold on to their title as the hardest
working band in the pop.
I slipped into Dublin's Fitzwilliam Hotel to find
out what makes these laidback Liverpool lasses happy,
sad and frightfully angry.
Over a few coffees, the trio was more than delighted
to name names in a miniature catfight. Life as a celebrity
must have its moments.
you ever met someone really rude?
You meet someone like Jordan, Miss Page Three herself.
Class in a glass, not! She looks at you as if you
are insignificant because no one's got boobs like
hers! Well, of course we can't have, because not all
of us have been under the knife. She's acts like:
'Hmmm, you've got a nice figure, you could be a threat!'
Especially with Natasha because she has such
an amazing figure. But then again, that's not important
to us because we think it's pathetic.
it has something to do with Natasha snogging Jordan's
ex, Dane Bowers?
Liz: Yeah, Tash and him were quite friendly.
Did you ever have a full-on argument with her?
Liz: Only once. It was said that she and Natasha had
a huge fight but that's not actually true. Jordan
was always making threats through the tabloids, but
the only thing that ever really happened was in the
green room of the Jerry Springer Show. Jordan was
on set being interviewed and Springer asked her if
she had a choice, would she drown a kitten or a puppy,
and she answered 'a kitten, definitely'. Springer
then said: 'It's funny you should say that because
Atomic Kitten is waiting in the green room'. So Jordan
started booing, but the audience didn't boo along
with her and she got really embarrassed. Then when
we went on I said 'If that cheeky cow does that again
I'm going to break her nose'. I was asked why I'd
break her NOSE in particular and I answered: 'Because
it's the only part of her that's bigger than her boobs!'
Her mother was sitting in the audience and seemed
to be quite embarrassed of her.
a little tamer now ladies. Has having number ones
made a difference to your lifestyle?
Liz: Yes, in a lot of ways - people treat you differently,
it's mad. Some people are arrogant towards you, they
say 'You don't deserve it' because they don't know
how hard you've worked. Other people are really nice
to you, almost TOO nice, you know? And you're like
'Er, why are you being like that?' We were told everything
would get a lot more chilled out when we got a number
one and we said 'cool!' but it's not, it's a thousand
times worse! We got loads of free Faith shoes and
Adidas clothes now that we're in the public eye.
you think Kerry would have stayed if she had known
how massive the band was going to be?
Liz: Kerry was so in love with Bryan [of boyband
Westlife fame], and they were always apart.
But they just wanted to be together. She didn't like
all the travelling, and just when Bryan would be home,
Kerry wouldn't be. It was a nightmare and we all really
felt for them. She couldn't decide if she was going
to leave or not, but then she got pregnant so it was
a sign for her. She's happy, though; you'd think most
people would say 'damn!' but she's so happy.
you think other bands looked down on you because you
weren't experiencing massive successes, even though
there was a massive push by your record company for
the band to succeed.
Liz: No, a lot of the other bands were really encouraging,
saying 'Come on, you can do it'. There wasn't a lot
of effort being put into us by the record company;
it was the effort we were giving to our work that
changed things. People used to call us the hardest
working group in pop, and now they call us the hardest
working group in music! We work non-stop every day,
So Kerry found love with another boyband - do you
have your eyes on anyone special?
I used to fancy George Michael but I fancy
Liz: I like Enrique Iglesias.
You've been quoted as saying you're massive fans of
Brian Dowling from Big Brother. Why
do you think he was such a big hit?
From the very first day he went into the house he
was entertaining. Everyone else was too interested
in how they looked, and were totally conscious of
the cameras. He was just totally natural. If it wasn't
for Brian, Helen, and Bubble the show
would have been crap. We're going to meet him next
week when he's introducing us at our show in London.
Okay, so you're over here for a brief sojourn. What
do you think of our capital city so far?
Liz: I'm really, really scared about the signing in
Virgin today because it gets really mad in Dublin.
Usually, people are pressed up against the window
of the van when we're arriving and we're using our
hands to say 'Go away' so that they don't get run
over - and then they think we're waving at them going
'No! Back off!'
been dressed up by some of the best stylists in the
business - have they ever put you in something you
absolutely hated wearing?
They've not ever made us wear anything because they
know what we like and they bring the ideas. If we
don't like it we just go 'No way!' So if you've ever
seen us wear anything bad it's because we've chosen
to wear it!
We had to do a shoot in the same style as the infamous
Robert Palmer video for Addicted to Love.
That was really bad because of the make-up and the
dresses with big shoulder pads.
bands are obviously trained to give certain answers
to the media and give the same responses in every
You seem to have no problems in that department, any
faux-pas you'd like to mention?
We certainly don't get trained to answer questions,
which you can probably tell! We haven't been told
what to say but sometimes we will say something and
we'll see everyone going 'DOH!' and we'll be told
NOT to say that again.
of you have gone around the world - what's the worst
picture that's ever been taken?
Jenny: When we met Prince Charles at the Party
in the Park in London we were so nervous and the
picture was on the front of every magazine. When we
saw it we were just like 'Oh NO!' We looked minging.
I also had one taken when I was coming out of a nightclub
and I did this (sticks her tongue out in silly face
pose). The picture made it look as though I was really
drunk even though I was really sober.
Natasha: One night I was coming out of a club with
my boyfriend and there was this tramp following us
asking us for money, and we literally didn't have
any - we'd left the club to go to the bank. There
were all these photographers, and the tramp kept running
after us and trying to grab me and my boyfriend was
trying to get him away, but while he was doing it
we were both laughing and it looks like he's groping
my tits. Of
course, the Sport published that picture.
give us the lowdown. Do you really think Robbie
and Geri are just good friends?
Natasha: Are they REALLY, though? I genuinely do think
that they did have a little thing going on but Robbie's
not the kind of person who wants to have a big relationship.
I think personally, that they did it once and he's
trying to get rid of her but she keeps hanging on
She's the kind of person who needs to be adored all
the time. She needed to have newspapers constantly
following her and she loved it. She's not friends
with George Michael anymore because he said that Geri
just used him.
I do think she looks amazing. Everyone's having a
go at her saying she's too thin but then everyone
had a go at her saying she was too fat before, so
she can't really win.
Liz: I think she looks good but my cousin, who is
a beautiful voluptuous girl, used to love Geri Halliwell
wearing hot pants and saying: 'This is how I am, you
can take it or leave it, I like myself how I am, I'll
never change.' But now she's thin. Do you think people
in the pop world are fake?
Jenny: We've been quite lucky actually. We're good
judges of character, so people tend not to come near
us with their falseness. They just see us as three
dead down-to-earth normal girls. They don't even bother
with us because they know we will see right through
Although, I have noticed with other bands that more
people have been saying hi and been really friendly.
A year ago they would have walked right past us. Some
people say 'We haven't met before have we?' and we're
like 'actually yeah, we have, not that you'd remember
because you weren't interested then.'
Some people do say: 'Oh hi, nice to meet you!' and
I am like 'We've met you about 10 times but you blanked
us'. I said it to a certain member of a boyband once,
and he apologised, and now we're mates.
Thanks for your time, what are your plans for the
rest of your day in Dublin?
Go sign some autographs in Virgin and have a good
time. See you.