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Rachel Stevens Talks Pensions and Properties with “The Times”

Rachel Stevens has spoken with “The Times” regarding her finances, to include investment properties, the very first car she ever purchased, and how exactly she was discovered for her time in ‘S Club’.

Check out the full interview below!

Rachel Stevens was one seventh of the irrepressibly cheery pop group S Club 7, who racked up four UK No 1 singles and two Brit awards. Stevens, who grew up in Southgate, north London, went solo after the band split in 2003 and Sweet Dreams My LA Ex made it to No 2. She lost out in the final of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 to the Holby City actor Tom Chambers and has appeared as a judge on The Voice in Ireland. Now 43, she writes a fashion and style blog and lives in north London with her husband and childhood sweetheart, Alex Bourne, an actor who is in property, and their daughters Amelie, ten, and Minnie, seven.

How much is in your wallet?
I never usually carry cash, but I’ve got about £25 in my purse at the moment because there’s so much going on with my children, like the end-of-school fair. That’s a lot of money for me — I feel rich!

Which credit cards do you use?
I like to know what’s coming out, so I use debit cards. I’ve got a joint card for home and family stuff, and my own card. I’m with Santander and I’ve got the 123 current account where you get money back when you pay certain bills. There’s a Santander on my high street, and pre-Covid it was easy to pop in and do what I needed to do. I’m getting better with the online banking thing, but I’m not very techy and I’m quite old-fashioned: I like to speak to someone and do things in person, especially with money. I sound like a granny!

Are you a saver or a spender?
I’m not a saver. I’ve always had a strong work ethic, but I didn’t grow up knowing how to budget. I went from having no money to making money, really fast. I don’t even know how much I made. The money came in sporadically, so it wasn’t like a nine-to-five job where you’re getting paid each month. I believe that money knowledge needs to be instilled from a young age. That’s why I’m trying to teach my girls, in a gentle way. When I give them pocket money, I explain: “You’ve got this amount. This is how much you can spend in the shop.” I’m looking at a bank account for kids called Gohenry. I think it’s a brilliant idea and they can start from age six.

Do you own a property?
I’ve bought and sold four properties and made money on all of them. I was 22 when I bought my first property — looking back that seems crazy. It was a flat in Hampstead, in a new complex with a gym, pool and a 24-hour porter, so there was someone to take my deliveries when I was away. It suited my lifestyle at the time, and because I was young and on my own, it was important that I had somewhere I felt safe. I bought it for about £500,000 not long after our first single, Bring it All Back. Four years later I sold it for a profit of about £100,000.

Are you better off than your parents?
Yes. My mum’s a hairdresser and my dad was in sales. My dad was a hard worker, but he went from making money to losing money, to making money, to losing money. He was always, like: “There’s a deal coming!” My parents weren’t rich, but we had everything we wanted. I felt rich because I was always family-orientated and we had the most wonderful time. We lived in Southgate, and for a family treat we’d go to this rib shack in the West End called Biguns Ribs, where we’d get bibs and do colouring in. It was so fun and the ribs were delicious. It was one of my favourite nights out when I was little because I was fascinated by the West End. It felt so grand and I was obsessed with the old buildings.

Have you ever been really hard-up?
My parents separated when I was 16 or 17 and we lost our family home. I was living in Cockfosters with my mum and my brothers, with no money coming in. My memories are blurry because emotionally it was a hard time, but I remember counting pennies to put £2 of petrol in the car so I could drive to the Tube station. I was at London College of Fashion doing a GNVQ in the business of fashion, but I don’t think it made me business savvy. When I’ve spoken to people I did the course with, we’ve been, like: “What did we actually learn?”

I hung out with my friends and tried to ignore what was going on with the family stuff. I wasn’t good with money, so I scrimped and bought clothes because that was all I wanted. There was a shop in Bond Street station where me and my friend would buy a top as soon as we got a bit of money, and once a week we’d get a chicken chow mein. My brother worked at Sony, the record label, in the café there. I used to go in for a free lunch and that’s where I had my sliding doors moment because when I was about 18 I was approached by some producers who asked if I could sing. That’s how I ended up in S Club 7.

Do you invest in shares?
I’ve had a pension since my mid-twenties. S Club 7 was a crazy time in my life. We were always in a different country and it was so fast-paced, my feet didn’t touch the ground. We weren’t given any financial advice and I definitely didn’t have any knowledge about pensions, but I got advice for myself quite early on. I was probably 20. I went with a financial adviser who’d been recommended by a family friend and I just went with what they said.

What has been your best investment?
My home. I’m such an advocate for property because it’s always there.

What has been your worst investment?
All my weights. I’ve spent a few hundred on gym stuff and it just sits there looking pretty. I did try for a while, I’d love to be that person, but I’m just not into weights. I’m more for getting out for a walk, or doing yoga. I’ve actually just got into Peloton — it’s great fun, so I’m getting into a good routine with that.

What’s your money weakness?
Clothes. I love clothes so much. Tops, dresses, shoes, bags — I just love fashion. There’s lots of shops I can’t walk past without going in, but I’m a real high street girl. I love Zara, H&M and & Other Stories. I’m specific now with what I buy because as you get older you know your own style, so I’d rather invest in forever pieces, then add the more trend-led stuff. It doesn’t have to cost hundreds. I think the high street is amazing — you can get a great cashmere jumper from H&M. I love online shopping too, but oh my God it’s dangerous. I’ll find myself on Net-a-Porter; it’s just so easy, isn’t it? I definitely shopped more over lockdown. My wedding dress was my most expensive item of clothing: it was made by an Israeli designer called Mira Zwillinger and I added to the design.

What was your most extravagant purchase?
I’ve got two brothers who are really into American cars, so I love cars, and when I got my first pay cheque I bought a Mercedes SLK-Class. I was 21 and it was so exciting because it was my first proper purchase. It was about £27,000 and it felt extravagant, but it was something I’d wanted from the time I started driving.

What’s better for retirement, property or pension?
I guess ideally both, but I’m not grown-up enough to know that answer

What’s your financial priority?
My kids. I’m thinking of their future. But it’s all about balance because money is wonderful and you’ve got to enjoy it. There’s no point in sitting on it and not spending anything, but it’s important to think ahead. Finding that balance has been a real learning curve for me and I’m still striving to achieve that.

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Rachel Stevens and Family take on Team Great Britain for the #ArmChairChallenge

In an absolutely adorable new video for DFS, Rachel Stevens and her family including her husband Alex Bourne (who recently launched London House) and their two daughters Amelie and Minnie take part in the Arm Race Challenge which consists of different challenges that you can do around your house!

Speaking to Daily Mail Rachel stated: “I’m a really quite competitive person, but for this we just wanted to have fun,” Rachel says. “It’s not often that I work with my family so having Alex and the girls there was so lovely and the girls were so excited. It was more about us being together as a family, gearing each other up and actually being part of a team against these amazing athletes.”

In the remote challenge, Rachel takes on members of the #TeamGreatBritain that will go to the summer Olympics in Tokyo this summer “I will definitely be watching. It’s an amazing thing for people to look forward to and get involved with. The athletes are such inspiring people, what they achieve and what they do for our country and other countries around the world, it’s an amazing thing.”

Do you want to get in on the action and take on DFS Ambassadors Max Whitlock, Adam Peaty, Vicky Holland and Jazmin Sawyers, in your own Armchair Athlete games this summer? Head over to Daily Mail to find out more about the games, then when you’re at your peak performance ask someone to film your best attempts and share your video using #ArmchairAthlete to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and you’ll be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning £5,000!

Check out Team Stevens below!

(Please note this competition is in no way affiliated with RachelStevens.com)

Rachel Stevens appears on “Sliding Doors” Podcast

Rachel Stevens has recently appeared on Jennie Becker’s “Sliding Doors” podcast. The Podcast is based on the ‘sliding doors concept’ based off of a 1998 movie: “The term a sliding doors moment became a term popularized in the late 20th-century meaning seemingly inconsequential moments that nonetheless alter the trajectory of future events.”

In the Podcast Rachel discusses her “Sliding Door” moments including how she originally came to be in S Club, and how meeting her now husband Alex Bourne after swearing off men. Check out the official synopsis below.

Rachel Stevens is best known as a former member of S Club 7. Alongside this she has also had her own successful solo career, was a finalist on Strictly Come Dancing and has starred on stage and screen. Today she focuses most of her time bringing it back to her roots and love of fashion. As well as inspiring us with her effortless style content and outfit picks, she is also a wife and mum to her two lovely daughters

In this episode we chat all about how a chance meeting, led to Rachel beginning her journey into the world of music – and what a journey it was! We discuss all things S Club and how important it is to push yourself out of your comfort zone and throw your all into whatever you do in life. We look into her ‘what if’ scenarios and discuss what an important role relationships, learning from the people you meet, and balance play in our lives. Timing is everything, and this could not be more true when hearing all about Rachel’s amazing Sliding Doors moments!

Listen to the “Sliding Doors” Podcast Now!

Rumor: Rachel Stevens to Headline Manchester Pride

With the recent performances of Rachel (including her stint at Proud Embankment over the Christmas holiday) or her recent performance with Gary Barlow ) it seems Rachel has gotten the bug for performing. This has sparked a slew of rumors of both a S Club reunion and a return to solo music.

Recently an article has published that Manchester Pride is going to return this summer and there is a short list of artists believed to be in talks to perform at the event, including, none other than Rachel Stevens. Other artists named include: Sam Smith, Lucy Spraggan, Michelle Visage, and Olly Alexander from Years & Years.

Just last year former External singer Louise Redknapp relaunched her solo career following some festival performances and released her first album in twenty years just last year!

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Rachel Stevens performs “Sweet Dreams My L.A. Ex” with Gary Barlow

Earlier this year Take That’s Gary Barlow announced he was beginning a Big Reunion style television show and hoped to get S Club 7 to take part in the series. The story was widely reported in the UK press earlier this year, however, no further information has been made available.

However, it does seem that Gary has been in talks with members of S Club as earlier today he released a video that featured Rachel on his YouTube channel and the duo sung a rendition of Rachel’s debut single “Sweet Dreams My L.A. Ex” and Rachel sounds absolutely stunning.

Check out the video below!!

Rachel Stevens Appears on ‘Loose Women’ to Discuss Mental Health

Earlier this afternoon Rachel made an appearance on ‘Loose Women’ to discuss mental health, something that has plagued so many during quarantine.

The interview has a few special moments including her discussing her family life before S Club (some information even I didn’t know), meeting and marrying her childhood sweet heart and the price of fame and how she dealt with the immense pressure of living life in the spotlight.

Rachel is joined by the Loose Women cast of women including former S Club Junior (and Saturdays member) Frankie Bridge.

Check out Rachel’s video below!

Rachel Stevens: “I Want My Girls to Have Self-Belief”

Rachel Stevens recently chatted with The Sun about her time in S Club 7 and being voted as ‘The Sexiest Woman of All Time’ in FHM.

Most mums don’t need to worry about their kids finding racy photos of them . . . so long as they are careful. But for Rachel Stevens, it isn’t so easy.

The former S Club 7 singer, now a mother of two, was a fixture on lads-mag covers at the height of her fame — with only sexy undies or a carefully placed arm to protect her modesty.

he featured on FHM’s Sexiest Women lists 11 years in a row in the Noughties and readers voted her their sexiest woman of ALL TIME in 2014.

Most of those mags have since bitten the dust. But what would Rachel’s daughters Amelie, ten, and Minnie, six, think of their mum’s daring appearances?

Rachel, 42, says: “Winning ‘sexiest female’ was so lovely and so flattering. Obviously it’s all tongue-in-cheek and a bit of fun.

“For me, being in FHM wasn’t sexualised, it was about being sensual and creative. It was about being part of a team.

“I love photoshoots, anyway. I find them so fun and creative.

“I wouldn’t worry about showing Amelie and Minnie those shoots because I’m proud of what I did and my career. It was so of-the-moment. I took it for what it was — a bit of fun.”

Despite her stunning looks, Rachel struggled for confidence in her late teens and early twenties.

But she now feels much more comfortable with herself and wants to instill that positivity in her daughters.

She says: “Looking back, I wasn’t confident really. I’m definitely much more confident now. I know what I want. You just get to know yourself and what you need, don’t you?

“I want to bring my girls up to be confident in who they are and the decisions they make. I want them to have self-belief . . . as rounded human beings. I’ll always be very honest with them. Kids are so emotionally smart — sometimes more so than we are as grown-ups.”

Rachel had just turned 19 when she joined S Club 7. She posed for her first FHM cover in a black leather crop-top and leggings in 2000, aged 22.

Her second shoot came the next year, alongside bandmates Hannah Spearritt, Jo O’Meara and Tina Barrett — each of whom featured on a version of the cover. Rachel’s copies sold out the fastest.

Now she says posing for lads’ mags helped the band shed its squeaky clean image, adding: “When you’re a teenager, you don’t really know who you are.

“You’re just working yourself out and that’s the time I got into the band. We were so protected and managed. So there was a lot of learning and growing to do.

“I’ll never forget our first FHM shoot with all the girls, the four of us. We were marketed at a very young audience, so we had always done Smash Hits, Top Of The Pops and all those magazines before that.

“This gave us an opportunity to be a bit more grown-up and not be so ­smiley, happy, kind of bubblegum. It was a nice opportunity to show another side.

“When you’re in a pop group you’re quite one-dimensional in a way. People like to put you in a little box. It meant we could have a bit more of a play.”

After the band — which also featured Bradley McIntosh, Jon Lee and Paul Cattermole — split in 2003, Rachel pursued a solo career and was ­runner-up on Strictly in 2008.

Her daughters have caught the bug for performing and Rachel is not against them following in her footsteps.

She says: “Amelie has decided she wants to be a singer. Obviously, it could change, as she’s only ten. But she’s passionate about singing.

“Minnie loves dancing. She’s saying she wants to be a chef right now. I will support them in whatever they want to do.”

Rachel married childhood sweetheart Alex Bourne in 2009, the year before giving birth for the first time. She says: “We were boyfriend-girlfriend when we were 12. We went out for about four weeks, which is a long time when you’re 12! It was real love.

“As we grew up in the same area, we were in and out of social groups and went out again when 15 or 16 then parted for years.

“We randomly bumped into each other when we were in our late twenties. We got to know each other again and when I went off to LA, he came out and that was that.

“His mum was like, ‘I knew when you were 12 you were going to be (together) and Alex says he did too, which is very romantic.”

This month Rachel is performing at Cabaret All Stars at ­London’s Proud Embankment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

It is the first time in more than a decade she has sung her solo tunes including Sweet Dreams My LA Ex and Funky Dory.

Despite her chart success — including four No1 hits with S Club 7 — she has nerves about taking to the stage.

Rachel says: “I always get nervous. But I’m excited. It feels like I’ve not performed my own solo stuff for a long time. So that’s really exciting and a bit of festivity.

“I think we all need a bit of Christmas in our lives.”

Rachel’s jewellery collaboration with Laura Gravestock launched earlier this month.

Rachel Stevens Opens Her December Residency at ‘All Star Cabaret’

Earlier tonight the one and only Rachel Stevens returned to the stage in London at Proud Embankment’s All Star Cabaret, and finally 2020 has given us something to be excited about!

Rachel sang her single’s ‘Sweet Dreams My L.A. Ex’ and ‘Some Girls’ completely live with the backings of some of the gorgeous ladies from the All Stars Cabaret.

If you are in the London area, we definitely recommend heading over to the Proud Embankment website and snagging Tickets for one of the remaining shows!!

December 15
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Check out the videos below!!

Rachel Stevens on ‘The Masked Singer’ and former Band Mate Paul Cattermole

Rachel Stevens, also known as, the Sexiest Woman of all Time has recently launched her jewelry collection with Laura Gravestock, and has been doing some recent press! Rachel has some very interesting things to say about ‘The Masked Singer’ and her former band mate Paul Cattermole who has been struggling in recent years!

Speaking to The Daily Star Rachel stated, “I’ve been really into I’m A Celeb and watched it before bed. I think I’d be such a wuss, but I shouldn’t say that in case I do do it! The show my girls would love me to do is The Masked Singer. They love it. We sit and watch it as a family together and the whole concept of the show works really well for kids.”

We have a feeling Rachel isn’t on the upcoming season due to premiere on Boxing Day, but hey, maybe Hannah or Jon could grace the stage!! Speaking of Rachel’s former band mates, Rachel spoke briefly about Paul Cattermole’s financial difficulties stating: “I care about him and it’s sad to hear when anyone is struggling, I think it’s always important to put kindness out there and let people know that you’re there if they need you. I have kept in touch with all my bandmates on and off over the years”

But all seems to be well with Paul as he has recently begun releasing music online, much different from his S Club days!