If you need additional evidence that time is passing, 2021 will be 20 years after Kym Marsh gained fame on the ITV talent show Popstars with a fifth of the chart-top group Hear’Say.
“It felt like a million years ago, but 20 years at the same time, it feels pretty old!” Kym laughs as he catches up to Zoom.
And as 44-year-old Kym has exclusively revealed that he is in regular contact with former bandmates Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw, and Noel Sullivan, there may be big plans to commemorate the milestone.
The former Coronation Street star, who was the mother of David (25 years old), Emily (24 years old) and Polly (9 years old), says, “We’ve all called and we don’t seem to have been apart.”
But not only to celebrate her pop career Confirm! Columnist Kym gained more in her hands over the coming months. This week, she returned to the box with TV hub Gethin Jones as the BBC show Morning Live returns after breaking viewership. Meanwhile, she is flexing her documentary muscles ahead of the second series of the true crime series Murder At My Door.
Here, the star who has a relationship with Scott Ratcliff adds strings to the bow and talks about why he gave up matchmaking for Gethin and how a potential Hear’Say reunion could emerge.
Hello Kim. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since Pop Stars…
It’s a bit odd to think it’s too long ago. It was the first show of its kind. There has been no such show since then. We were like documentaries before public voting and everything else.
Are you still in touch with your bandmates?
Yes, I was talking to the men. We haven’t spoken since Christmas, but we got Zoom calls twice during Christmas and we all wished each other a happy New Year. We all make calls and it looks like we’re not apart.
Do you think you will always have that bond?
I think so. There was a lot of talk about all the bad things in the paper. Arguments and this, that, and other things. But we also had a fantastic time. Of course we had a debate-it’s people-we did amazing things in a short time and we will always remember it.
Do you have any plans to celebrate your anniversary?
I want to nod a little to the fact that it is 20 years old. I don’t know what we are going to do. But we want to do something to commemorate the spot-we’ll have to wait!
Are you cheering for Myleene Klass from Dancing On Ice? [Myleene has since been eliminated in the first week of the skating show]
I’m definitely watching Myleene and cheering her up, but I have to leave most of my loyalty to Faye Brookes, who played my cousin role on Coronation Street. I predicted she would win right from the start. I know what she can do and how strong she is. She trains hard, is a fantastic dancer and a great performer.
Rather than us on ice…
Oh, I know! Thanks-especially if they pull out the headbanger!
After Hear’Say, you went from acting to presentation. Can I do so many different things?
When I left Corrie I worked a little right away. Then all the work I was trying to do last year was canceled or postponed. I thought, “I don’t know what to do right now.” So it was really cool that I was offered the job I was offered and I was lucky enough to do it. Of course I will always be an actor, but I’m really lucky and happy with the way things are going.
What is your dream acting role?
I want to take on the role by playing a villain and having to shave my hair or do something bizarre.
We are back with our second morning live series. You must have been thrilled by the responses and high praise…
They are only looking at Gethin [laughs]. It’s great to be part of something completely new, and it’s absolutely a jackpot, so it’s definitely a very proud moment.
Last time we caught up, you mentioned that you are trying to match make for Gethin. How is it going?
He is the most demanding person in the world! I don’t think I can do it. If I make a mistake it will be my fault. So no, I’m going to leave matchmaking alone. He and our co-star Dr X can organize their love life! [Laughs]
The true crime documentary Murder At My Door is also back. Is it difficult to shake off a terrible story after filming?
Explaining the series is not as bad as interviewing relatives and friends of people who went out and passed. But when I’ve read all the incidents, it’s really terrible to think these people have suffered from the hands of someone they trust. It’s what makes you think a lot. So it’s pretty hard to get it out of your head, but when you get home I run into a 9 year old kid who wants her dinner.
How did you deal with busy work schedules with family life during the blockade?
It’s pretty hard now. I think Polly is a kid who should go to school. She doesn’t have much concentration and is distracted by the fact that she is at home. Homeschooling has a real structure and needs to meet the specific needs of the school, so it’s also very tricky to work and see for Polly. But we also know what we’re doing a lot more right now.
Can you keep in touch with grandson Teddy as part of daughter Emilie’s support bubble?
Yes, I was really lucky. Teddy is an absolute joy. He’s almost two years old now, testing his vigilance a bit and reaching a point where he’s weird annoyance. You have to tell him no.
Did you have any memorable moments?
The other day Emilie worked and Teddy was here with a karaoke machine. He put it in my mouth, accidentally slaps it in the face and pops my lips completely. I was properly hurt by my grandson and my lips were big. Obviously he wasn’t intending to hurt me, but I had to talk to him without laughing and talking about him. Otherwise he thought it was fun and would have done it again.
Did he inherit the family song gene?
He loves music. He’s always dancing and Emilie is also very musical, so I think he’ll be in his blood.
Murder at my Door with Kym Marsh returns to CRIME + INVESTIGATION. The first episode airs Monday, February 1 at 9 PM. Episodes are available for 30 days on a catch-up and on-demand service.