Source: Smash Hits Magazine
Date: 20th November - 3rd December 1996
Heading: Music, Love and Looks.
Interviewer: Ben Knowles
On her first anniversary as a top pop solo star, Louise talks to
Ben Knowles about music, love, looks and those darn football rumours...
It's one year since Louise released her first
single as a solo artist after sensationally quitting Eternal to go it
alone. To mark her anniversary, Lou wants to thank Smash Hits readers for
their support with a gift, one of her trademark necklaces, given away free
on the front of this issue. "It's my way of giving something back," she
smiles, as she pulls on her party hat and prepares to celebrate her
"I'm really happy for the first time in my life," smiles louise, looking
back over the 16 months that have passed since she left Eternal (and her
surname) to go solo.
"I'm actually proud of what I'm doing because I'm going in the direction I
want to go. Saying that, I still don't know if it was the right career
move - I'll never know that. It just felt right, like it was something I
had to do."
Leaving one of the most successful bands in Britain was a brave move and
one which could have spelt the end of Louise's solo career before it had
"I really didn't know what to expect" reflects Louise. "I was scared and,
in the beginning, it was very hard."
Probably the hardest thing was learning to work alone, without the
constant companionship of Kelle, Vernie and Easther.
"My lows came the first couple of weeks after I left Eternal," sighs Lou.
"I knew I'd done the right thing, but nothing felt right, nothing fitted
in - it was so different. And when the girls phoned me up, I'd feel awful
and really alone."
Although the girls no longer work together, Louise still sees a lot of
them (Kelle appears in the video for "One Kiss From Heaven") and Lou
hopes Eternal will record backing vocals on her forthcoming album.
"I'd like to do a bit of a tribute to them," she says, smiling at the
thought. "We spent so much time together and I still get lonely without
them, which is strange because I'm always surrounded by so many people.
It's got a lot to do with everyone just needing a certain part of you, but
no-one actually needing you."
The highs of Louise's year have been, she admits, the success of her four
top 20 singles... oh, and being voted the second sexiest woman in the
world by the readers of the men's magazine FHM.
"Oh, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't flattered and hadn't thought about
it," she giggles, blushing beneath her tan. "it would give anyone's ego a
big boost for a day. But I wake up the next morning and I'm still the
same in the mirror. It makes me laugh, it really does. I'm just me. I
don't feel anything like that."
Surely such a compliment like that must go to your head?
"I know a lot of people think I am faking modesty, but I suppose, at the
end of the day, looks are obviously important to my career. They are to
anyone in music - look at Liam," she argues. "I honestly thought
it was more amusing than serious. I did get excited and phoned my mum,
saying, 'You'll never guess what - I've just been voted the second sexiest
woman in the world.' But that was all."
Louise came ahead of Pamela Anderson, all the supermodels and even
Princess Di, finishing second only to The X-Files' Agent Scully,
True to her nature, Louise adds, "It was really nice that someone
unconventionally beautiful won. I'm glad that someone who doesn't wear
skimpy clothes and have long blond hair came top. It's a good healthy
example for girls."
Louise gets very animated on the subject of women and their bodies - it's
clearly a subject close to her heart.
"A lot of young girls feel pressured by the media to have a certain body
size or shape. I don't think I'm a bad example, I'm 5' 4" and a size ten.
I think that's quite normal - I'm fairly average.
"Girls need to realise that the average woman doesn't look like a
supermodel, so few people are naturally that skinny and many of those
models are ill. "It's sad, there's so much more that's important in life
to be worrying about. I know people will think it's easy for me to say
that, being where I am. But I've flicked through Vogue sine the age of
15, thinking I want to look like that, be like that. It can make your
Louise's experiences at stage school may be the grounding for this. She
went to the famous Italia Conti school in London where standards are high
and the competition at auditions strenuous - especially to look thin.
When Louise and Kelle were both students there, Kelle was told she
couldn't take her ballet exam until she lost weight!
"If you didn't have the long, gorgeous blond hair and that brilliant
little body, it could be terrible. I used to diet and diet but never lose
weight. I went through stages of saying, 'I won't have any dinner
tonight, I'll have an apple', but I soon got over it.
"I was a podgy teenager. I had a huge appetite and would eat more dinner
than my dad. I still have to be careful now."
Louise was only 16 when she left stage school to form Eternal and in the
past six years, she's done more than most people squeeze into a lifetime.
"I was so young when I joined Eternal, I've grown up in the industry and
it's become a way of life for me. Maybe I don't recognise how different I
"I think I'm more conscious of myself. It's hard not to be a lot more
paranoid about what you're wearing, what my shoes are like, what my hair
looks like, everything. But I think I've become more confident in my
character, especially in the last year."
In the last year, one major change has seen Louise become one of the
highest-profile women in Britain, let alone British pop. She's been
splashed across magazine covers, smiled from posters and billboards and,
of course, the papers have been filled with lurid tales of Louise's soccer
romances, her rude videos and alleged rifts with Eternal. If Louise has
become more confident, has she learned to cope with that?
"No. I'm still quite a sensitive person. When magazines and papers say
something bad, it bothers me. Of course it's hurtful. I wish I could
just do what I enjoy and ignore it, but I can't.
"The worst story was that I'd had a boob job! I wouldn't waste my money
on something like that. Sometimes, I feel like ringing in and asking,
'How can you say that?" She pauses for a moment before joking. "I
suppose it helps my record sales, though."
"I think anyone famous has to be aware that you become public property.
If it bothered me that much, I'd stop doing music."
Among the most recent rumours was one which claimed Louise was living with
Boyzone. "We live in the same apartment block, but we don't share a
bathroom or a kitchen," she sighs. "I see them around, but we're both on
tour so much, it's usually a 'Hi, how ya doin'?' We don't live together."
And as for the recent stories that she's dated footie stars Jamie
Redknapp, David Beckhan and Ryan Giggs, she just laughs.
"I'm good mates with Jamie - he is a close friend. I also get on well
with Jason McAteer and Phil Babb from Liverpool, but they all tend to
phone me up and ask me if I can get them in touch with girls they fancy!
Rhyan? I have never even met him and that's the honest truth. I've
spoken to David for maybe ten minutes and we only talked about football.
"To be truthful, I know very little about football. I just go and watch
some mates. I'm not a football fan, and legs in shorts don't do very much
for me... it's not happening."
One thing that is most definitely happening in Louise's life is her pop
career. The solo journey, departing from Eternal and arriving in
Hitsville, has reached it's destination. It hasn't been an easy ride -
she's had to work at it and there have been low moments. But one year on
from her debut single, the girl's done good. Happy first Birthday, Lou.
LOUISE'S BRILLIANT YEAR
17 JULY 1995
Louise Nurding leaves Eternal. "I felt the time was right to strike out
on my own," she announces.
Begins working in London with producer and co-writer Simon Climie, US soul
star Diane Warren, and Eternal producers Charles and Wilson.
23 SEPTEMBER 1995
Performs on Live & Kicking.
25 SEPTEMBER 1995
Her debut single, "Light Of My Life", is released.
1 OCTOBER 1995
Holds a madly-packed signing at Tower Records in London.
Louise appears on the Smash Hits Show On The Road.
4 MARCH 1996
"In Walked Love" hits the shops.
27 MAY 1996
"Naked" is released.
24 JUNE 1996
Her debut album, "Naked", hits the record shops and storms the
Louise heads off to SE Asia and Japan where she is continually mobbed.
19 AUGUST 1996
"Undivided Love" is released.
18 OCTOBER 1996
"One Kiss From Heaven" is released.
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