KIMBERLEY Walsh has been catapulted back to her Girls Aloud heyday – it’s halfway through our shoot before the singer realises she’s been to this east London studio many times before with her band mates.
Suddenly she’s transported back to an era of fake lashes, coordinating minidresses and shed loads of hairspray.
“We shot so much stuff here over the years, like tour programmes and calendars,” she says looking around smiling.
“So it holds a lot of good memories.
“When you’ve been in the business this long, there’s never a place you can go to where you haven’t shot before. You think: ‘Does this show my age? Have I been doing this too long?’”
For the record, with her youthful appearance Kimberley, 35, does not look like someone who has spent the past 15 years in the limelight, after
bursting on to the scene on ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.
Nor is her down-to-earth persona typical of someone who was one fifth of the UK’s biggest- selling girl group of the 21st century, with over 4.3 million singles (four of which went to No.1) and 4 million albums sold.
But despite whispers of a reunion resurfacing every few months, it’s unlikely that Kimberley will be back here posing alongside Cheryl, 33, Nicola Roberts, 31, Sarah Harding, 35, and Nadine Coyle, 31.
“I’ve read about us reuniting and thought: ‘Well, nobody’s spoken to me.’ I’ve not heard anything from any of the girls and I speak to most of them regularly, so it’s not on the cards anytime soon I’m afraid.
“It’s funny, though, because I keep reading that and thinking: ‘Oh really? Maybe they’ve decided not to call me on this occasion!’
“But I’m sure I would be the first to know if it was happening. I think everyone is really busy doing what they’re doing. Right now, it feels like we’ve moved on and are doing different things.”
So with the upcoming 15th anniversary of the release of their No.1 debut single Sound of The Underground in December, would they rule out
ever getting back together?
“You can never say never in life, can you? I guess it’s just not where my head is at the moment, but stranger things have happened.”