I’ve had a busy few weeks with promotion for The Lodge as the new season started on Friday. It’s been nice being back at work. I popped into This Morning for an interview which is always lovely and it was good to see Fearne Cotton and Emma Willis there on the show, it felt like working mothers special, we caught up about our little ones backstage. I tried the world’s strongest coffee which I was quite excited about cos since I’ve had children I feel like coffee is my best friend but I actually didn’t dare drink too much cos it came with serious health warnings! I’m pretty sure I’m nearly immune to caffeine by now but I wasn’t gonna risk it!
I also appeared on Sunday Brunch yesterday which is one of my favourite shows to do cos I’m such a foodie. I love getting involved with the cooking segments and trying all the different recipes. Most people just try out of politeness but I actually ask them to save me a bit of every recipe to try cos I don’t wanna miss out! I ended up chatting to John Barnes about babies and he said he got all his babies sleeping through the night cos he would always wake up first cos he’s such a light sleeper. Sunday Brunch is very different to other shows you do as it’s on for three hours and you sit at the table with everyone else throughout that time so you end up chatting to people about all sorts. I never thought I’d be getting tips from a football legend about getting my baby to sleep though!
Cole is 6 months now so I’ve started to wean him on to solid food. So far he seems to have taken to it really well! I started him on baby rice and he seems very excited when he sees food and is doing really well with keeping it down. He does mess around with it a bit before he actually swallows but that’s totally normal as it’s a whole new skill he’s never done before! Weaning can be hard work with all the blending and planning and mess but I love that they can start to experience and enjoy food. I remember this being a real turning point with Bobby where everything got a lot easier. His tummy was more settled, he slept better and I loved that I didn’t have to rely on feeding him milk to keep him happy all the time. It’s much easier when you can just give them a little snack or something when you’re out and about. I’ve also started to wean him off breastfeeding which I think is a natural progression when you introduce food. I’m not in any rush but I think 6 months is a good amount of time and I’ll just naturally start introducing more bottles here and there. I guess this means my baby is already growing up which is crazy, I really can’t believe how the time flies by!
Now Cole goes down at 7 I have my evenings back again and my guilty pleasure is Love Island On ITV 2, I love it. If you haven’t become hooked like me, the show is based on a group of girls and boys who are put in a villa together and in order to stay in the show they have to be coupled up. There is an odd number of girls or boys so whoever doesn’t get picked at the end of the week has to leave the villa. I think the nature of the show just means it creates lots of drama and is very entertaining! At the moment I think my favourite is Marcel who used to be in the Blazin Squad, he just seems like a genuinely decent guy. Blazin Squad were around at the beginning of our Girls Aloud days and I always remember thinking they were sweet cos they were so young. It’s crazy cos Marcel is actually the oldest person in the villa at 31 which makes me feel seriously old!
Kimberley appeared on This Morning to talk about her part in The Lodge.
She also talked about play dates with Cheryl’s baby Bear and her two boys.
I’ve added over 40 HQ candids of her outside the studios, click the link to take you to the gallery.
Candids > 2017 >  Kimberley Walsh > June 7th – Outside the ITV studios
Kimberley is in today’s Sunday Express S Magazine. With a new interview about her toddlers and her latest project with Disney Channel, we are also treated to a new photoshoot.
Digital scans and the shoot have been added to the gallery, see below and click the links:
Magazine Scans > 2017 > S Magazine – 4th June
Photo Shoots > 2017 > Kimberley Walsh > Anna Fowler – S Magazine
I’ve been mentioning trips to Belfast for a while and I can finally reveal the project I’ve been so secretive is about is my role in The Disney Channel’s drama ‘The Lodge.’ I play the role Rebecca in season 2. Rebecca is a music producer who stirs up a bit of drama between two of the girls in the show. It’s been really fun acting again and it was such a lovely show to work on. It was fun becoming a character who is nothing like me, she’s ruthless and will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. I have done some acting in the past before I got in the band so it was nice to revisit it. My sisters, who both are both experienced actors were giving me lots of tips before hand. All of the young actors in the show are so talented, it was lovely to see. I’m sure a lot of them will go on to have their own careers as they get older. As music is a big part of the show they include performances as music videos. Some of the choreographers and directors involved are people that I know as they have worked with Girls Aloud in the past. Max and Dania directed our Long Hot Summer video. The choreographer Royston danced with us in the early days . It was lovely having so many familiar faces. The show will start in June.
A few weeks ago I did my first shoot since having Cole for the cover of Fabulous magazine. I always love shooting with them as they have a fantastic team and always do fun shoots but I was slightly apprehensive about the shoot this time. I was a little worried about what I would wear for the shoot as I’m still not back to my normal weight so it’s tricky to find things I feel comfortable in at the moment. I was going to put it off for a bit as didn’t feel ready but when I saw the styling ideas before the shoot I became more relaxed.
It was a grungey/sixties vibe with which is an unusual style for me but I wanted to do something different as I’ve done so many shoots. The styling made me feel very comfortable as we made it work with loads of layering and statement pieces that were strong looks but not exposing which was great. We shot in a studio in Dalston which I’ve worked in loads of times over the years with the girls. We did calendar shoots and tour programmes there. At this stage there’s very few studios I haven’t shot in before to be honest! It was a really fun shoot and I was so happy when I saw the results at the end of the shoot.
I’ve been loving the sunshine we’ve had this past week! It’s so lovely not having to wrap up and the boys love being outside so when the sun’s out they’re happy! We had a lovely BBQ at my older sister Sally’s over the bank holiday and Bobby and his cousins spend the whole afternoon throwing water bombs I’ve never seen them so excited! It was chaos but it’s so lovely seeing them having so much fun.
HQsx4 – Photo Shoots > 2017 > Kimberley Walsh > Mark Hayman – Fabulous Magazine
I have added 4 HQ pictures from Kimberley’s Fabulous magazine shoot to the gallery. How gorgeous!
Shes posted a little behind the scenes video of the shoot on her instagram, which is interesting due to the location of the studio! You may recognise a Girls Aloud calendar shoot prop she shows us.
HQx1 – Television > The Lodge (2017) > Stills
KIMBERLEY WALSH spent the best part of a decade in one of the biggest girl groups.
But the GIRLS ALOUD singer’s next project may be uncomfortable viewing for a few people she worked with back in the day – most notably the group’s first manager LOUIS WALSH.
I can reveal she has signed up to play a music manager called Rebecca in the second series of The Lodge, which starts on Disney Channel and DisneyLife on June 9.
And without naming any names, she said she has based Rebecca on some of the less savoury characters she’s met during her career.
She said: “I guess I share some similarities with Rebecca . . . because obviously I grew up in the music business and she’s a music manager.
“But I will draw on some other managers I’ve met along to way to find some personality traits for Rebecca because she has got a bit of an edge, and I don’t think I’d ever be quite that mean.”
Kimberley has never been Louis’ biggest fan, previously branding him “attention seeking”.
It may be a kids’ show, but this could make for very interesting viewing.