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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!

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 to host All-Stars Cabaret

Earlier this month Rachel attended the All-Stars Cabaret show, and now she is hosting it for a few special dates.

Join us for a Christmas spectacular featuring top talent from the stage and screen and World Class Cabaret and Circus performers on the Proud stage. This is the only show to see in the West End this Christmas, the acts that everybody is talking about. This show must be seen to be believed!

Indulge in our brand new Asian Modern European fusion cuisine menu, sample our carefully created cocktails, and prepare to be amazed.

Spend an evening with Rachel Stevens and Europe’s best cabaret stars in Proud Embankments showstopper ‘Cabaret All Stars’.

PROUD Embankment proudly presents it’s newest, hottest show. Cabaret All Stars is a Vegas style show introduced to London’s West End by the actress, soloist, and TV celebrity, Rachel Stevens.

With performances embodying the spirit of the swinging sixties & sexy seventies, we give you an experience of a lifetime. Enjoy world-class jazz musicians and on-stage bands, award-winning acrobats, fire breathers and burlesque beauties. Be prepared to be amazed. This is an unforgettable night out.

You can catch Rachel hosting on the following dates:

December 1
December 2
December 8
December 9
December 15
December 16
December 22
December 23

Ticket information is available here.

Rachel Stevens on ‘Celebrity Karaoke Club’

Earlier tonight the gorgeous Rachel Stevens appeared as a guest singer on ITV2’s “Celebrity Karaoke Club”. Contestant Scarlett Moffatt was midway through S Club 7’s debut single “Bring It All Back” when Rachel popped in to sing her part in the song.

Unfamiliar with Celebrity Karaoke Club? Well, it is truly a unique music show sees a line up of celebrities going head to head in a special karaoke competition, taking part in both solo performances and group battles. In a twist, the people they will have to impress are their fellow competitors as every celebrity karaoke singer is also a karaoke judge!

Check out Rachel’s 2020 rendition of ‘Bring it All Back’ below!

Rachel Stevens Talks S Club Reunion and FHM Spreads

In Rachel’s continued press rounds, she reminisces her FHM Spreads and speaks briefly about an S Club reunion. Check out the article below!

The star, 42, who won FHM’s Sexiest Woman Of All Time in 2014, even has some of the sexy snaps up on her walls.

The mum-of-two said: “I’m super proud of my lads mags shoots. They were so fun. I really loved them.

“To look back on them now makes me so chuffed. The last shoot I ever did I was in the early stage of pregnancy with my second daughter, so to have those pictures is special.

“They bring lovely memories, I have of them framed in my house, but we recently moved so I can’t wait to get more prints put up.”

Rachel has two children, Amelia, nine, and Millie, six, and fondly remembers her last scantily clad shoot.

She said: “The last shoot I ever did I was in the early stage of pregnancy with my second daughter, about two months, so to have those pictures and know I was in the early days of pregnancy with Minnie was special.”

Fronting a new line with Low Cost Glasses, Rachel insists she’s more confident than ever.

She said: “When you get into your forties you know who you are and what you want. I definitely feel more confident now than in my twenties and thirties. I lost my way a little bit, but I’ve evolved. My style changes, but I’ve always been obsessed with fashion.”

The singer is keen for a band reunion, but only on one condition. She added: “It would have to be all seven of us. It’s tricky to get together, but I’d love to do it. I think it would be nostalgic for all of us.

“I speak to Jo O’Meara the most, she’s got a new solo album out and the most incredible voice and I’m really happy for her.”

In 2008 Rachel starred on Strictly Come Dancing, partnering with Vincent Simone, 41, she loved the experience, but her husband Alex Bourne is still traumatized.

She said: “I watch it every year, but my husband can’t bear it, he won’t even listen to the theme tune. He’d sit there every week for 10 hours on those tiny chairs in the audience watching me. He would get all of the pain of my nerves and anxiety every week, but I loved it so much I wish I could do it again.”

The Sun

Rachel Stevens discusses life after lock-down and teases new music!

In a recent interview promoting her latest venture with LCG, Rachel has discussed her life after lock-down, her family’s love of music and her possible return to the music scene.

She rose to fame in chart-topping pop group S Club 7, which went on to sell 10 million albums worldwide as well as bagging two BRIT awards.

And Rachel Stevens has now revealed that her eldest daughter Amalie, nine, plans to follow in her footsteps and dreams of becoming a singer just like her famous mum.

The singer, 42, revealed to MailOnline she fully supports her daughter’s passion and admitted that both Amalie and her youngest, Minnie, six, are ‘performers’.

Discussing her families’ love of music, she said: ‘We’ve always got music on in our house, my kids have now got the buzz. Amalie’s definitely wants to be a singer, that’s going to be her career.’

The former band member also touched on her own singing career, and said: ‘Music is such a big part of our lives. I haven’t recorded for ages, but it comes up now and again, I talk about it and think about it. There’s potential might want to do some more shows, or music of some kind, I just don’t know what way yet.’

The star also discussed how lock down has been ‘intense’ as she juggled trying to create structure at home for her kids, as well as herself and husband Alex Bourne.

She said: ‘At the beginning it was scary, the uncertainty and worrying about family. It was such a massive change so quickly, the unknown really.

‘Then it was trying to create some sort of structure at home, because having children and home school and all that craziness, was really hard.’

Rachel was speaking in conjunction with her edit for Low Cost Glasses, which she revealed was ‘fun’ picking her frames virtually from home.

Explaining a bit about the company, she said: ‘They’re an online prescription glasses company, the glasses are brilliant value, both glasses and sunglasses.

‘Some own brand and amazing discounted designer frames as well. I’ve recently picked my own edit, which was so fun, you can do it virtually from home which is great in these times.’

Rachel modeled her range of prescription glasses and shades for a stylish photo shoot, for which she donned a range of chic looks to complement the eye wear.

Detailing what her go-to style is, Rachel said: ‘I’m quite classic in the things that I go for, but I do like things with a little bit of an edge to them. Actually I’m quite eclectic in what I love if I’m honest.’

Explaining where her fashion inspiration comes from, she joked that she won’t hesitate to stop people in the street to ask where their clothes are from as well as picking out pieces from Instagram.

Rachel went on to talk about how she has found the past few months amid the corona virus outbreak, which she said has definitely been an ‘up and down’ experience.

Discussing the ‘full-on’ experience, she said: ‘Just trying to keep them [her children] happy and enjoying what they’re doing and still trying to get their school work done, was hard.

‘I think it was hard on most parents because teaching is such a skill, that was really full on, intense and crazy. But we had some really lovely times, it’s very unusual that you have so much family time.’

Rachel also revealed she has been able to spend more time with her husband Alex, who she married in 2009 after 18 months of dating.

She said: ‘Before lockdown my husband Alex would be going off to work at 7 in the morning and coming home at half 6, 7 at night, so we would have lovely dinners and lovely long walks together and we’d have that family time that we wouldn’t have necessarily had beforehand.’

Rachel said that her family plan to spend the rest of summer enjoying fun ‘socially safe’ activities, while her kids are currently spending time at a small summer camp.

Although they had no plans to venture abroad this year due to recently moving house, Rachel said they will enjoy staycations in the Cotswolds and Devon.

She added: ‘I think things are still uncertain and changeable, so who knows. Just try and plan lots of family things, fun stuff, and work. It’s been great doing this job and getting back to work and being busy.’

Rachel also admitted she has previously kept her home life off social media, as she described herself as being ‘quite private personally’, especially while her daughters were little. However she said she is ‘slowly’ changing her habits.

She explained: ‘I guess I have always been quite private personally while they were little. But as they get older it’s something it’s something I’m not feeling as strongly about. [posting on social media]

‘My girls are my world and I love Instagram as a platform, it’s such a positive most of the time. It’s lovely to see people’s families, so I’m slowly doing more of that.

‘And also they’re interested in it, their friends are obsessed with Til Tok, especially my older one, I’ve not let her do all that yet. They’re so used to being around it aren’t they.

‘Especially with us on the phones, I think it’s lovely to share family life, I’m doing it more and more.’

The Daily Mail