Claire Richards, young, fit and with a figure to die for, reached the dizzying heights of fame in the hit band Steps when she was only twenty. When she left, and Steps split shortly after, the world was shocked by the news. Now, writing with incredible honesty, Claire tells her story, from her teenage music career to her big break with Steps. She reveals that while in the band she faced harsh pressure to stay thin, and starved herself for years. Feeling broken by the experience, she finally left and sank into a pit of depression, gaining huge amounts of weight and losing all self-esteem. Believing her career was over, she also had to cope with a painful split from her Steps dancer husband. Thankfully finding love with her now husband, Reece, got her back on track. He didn't care about her size; he just wanted Claire. And, after seeing her weight go up and down for years, Claire has refused to diet any more. Happily married, with two kids, she's finally comfortable in her own skin on stage and screen. In this book, with humour, grace and sincerity, she shares her journey to her happy ending.
Claire Richards is loved by women everywhere for her warm and genuine personality. Now she writes honestly about her life, taking us from the bullied schoolgirl who dreamed of peforming at Wembley to finding stardom with Steps. She reveals the secrets of the music industry and what it's really like to be in a band at the top of their career, from the unhealthy pressure to stay thin to the backstage rows. She describes how the stress of her affair caused her to starve herself, and explains why she and fellow bandmate H controversially resigned. Claire also opens us about why her first marriage to Steps dancer Mark didn't last, her dramatic weight gain and years of yo-yo dieting as she battled low self-esteem, and how she found happiness with second husband Reece and their two children Charlie and Daisy. And she takes us behind the scenes of the Steps reunion tour as old issues rose to the surface. Entertaining, touching and funny, this is sure to appeal to Claire's many fans.