British pop star Jamelia has asked her daughters to draw up business plans to ensure they get ahead in the work place. The Superstar singer is adamant she doesn't want her daughters, 13-year-old Teja and Tiani, eight, following her into the music industry, insisting she was too young to handle fame when she landed a record contract at 15.
Jamelia reveals she pushes her kids to come up with ideas for profitable businesses so they can be their own bosses when they grow up.
She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "I wouldn't want my daughter to do anything like that (work in the music industry). I say, 'Start a business, don't work for anybody', so my kids write business plans. As a woman, it's empowering to be your own boss."
British R&B star Jamelia has been banned from driving and fined $800 (£500) after she was caught behind the wheel of her car without insurance. The Superstar singer, 32, was pulled over by police in August (13) near her native Birmingham, England and she was booked for the offence after failing to renew her policy. She told officers she last purchased car insurance online, and thought it would be automatically renewed annually.
She appeared in court in Redditch on Monday (13Jan14) and pleaded guilty to one count of driving a motor vehicle without third party insurance, and to an additional charge of driving with tyres in poor condition.
Jamelia made an emotional plea for magistrates not to take away her licence as she had no one else available to take her two daughters to school each day, but the single mum was handed a 45-day driving ban and ordered to pay a fine and cover court costs.
British pop star Jamelia has completely forgiven the former partner who subjected her to years of domestic violence. The Superstar hitmaker opened up about the physical and emotional abuse she suffered in support of make-up brand Avon's Shine Light and Speak Out Against Domestic Violence campaign.
Years of violence at home left the singer fearing for her life, but she is determined to ensure her daughter does not grow up believing domestic abuse is normal.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I was only 18 when the abuse started. It a very successful time for me. I would be going to an awards ceremony and performing on (British music TV show) Top Of The Pops, then I would be going home and getting beaten up. Then the next day I'd have an interview. If I had a split lip or a bruise I could conceal it with make-up or an excuse."
The singer escaped the abusive relationship and wrote her 2004 hit single Thank You about the experience, but insists she has now completely forgiven her former lover and has even explained the situation to their daughter.
She says, "I'll never regret leaving my ex, but the strange thing now is he and I are now friends. I've 100 per cent forgiven him. I think he was stupid and cowardly for making me suffer, but if I was to hold a grudge against him for the rest of my life then I wouldn't be able to move on with my life and I'm so happy right now... Last week my daughter asked me about the situation... and I told her. It's important that she is aware that it's not normal and not right."
British model/actress Kelly Brook launched her own bar in London on Tuesday night (19Nov13). The Great Gatsby-inspired venue, Steam And Rye, has been furnished to look like New York City's Grand Central Station and features a first-class cocktail carriage. Guests at the launch party included Jamelia, Myleene Klass and Jamie Campbell Bower.
The Cranberries singer Dolores O'riordan is to join Irish talent show The Voice as a judge. The Linger singer will take her place in the show's vacant spinning red chair alongside former Westlife star Kian Egan, Jamelia and Bressie when the new season of the show begins later this autumn (13).
Announcing the news on Friday (04Oct13), O'Riordan said, "It's great to be back in Ireland and to be taking part in one of Ireland's most popular TV shows at same time. I know a good voice when I hear one and I am out to find the best star in the country."
The singer replaces The Corrs star Sharon Corr on the panel - she has stepped down as a judge on The Voice after two seasons to concentrate on her music career.
It was previously reported that R&B star Jamelia would also be departing the show after winning the most recent season with singer Keith Hanley, but she has opted to return.
The Corrs star Sharon Corr is stepping down as a judge on Ireland's The Voice. The singer was a fixture on the reality TV show for the first two series but she has announced she is walking away from the hot seat to concentrate on her music career.
In a note to fans on her website, she writes, "All good things come to an end. I have absolutely loved being a coach on The Voice of Ireland. What an amazing show!
"The first two seasons were quite the roller coaster ride - we took it from concept stage to the number one television program in the country and I could not be more proud."
She adds, "I am very excited to be releasing my new album The Same Sun, there are a lot of promotional activities scheduled and I am embarking on a world tour very soon, so unfortunately, I cannot be with you all this season - I wish everyone involved good luck and I look forward to seeing you all again in the future."
British R&B star Jamelia has also stepped down as a judge on the show after winning the most recent season with singer Keith Hanley, and it is still not clear if former Westlife star Kian Egan will be returning to the show for season three.
The latest The Voice news comes just a day after it was announced will.i.am would be returning as a judge to Britain's The Voice. The Black Eyed Peas reportedly turned down a spot on American Idol to rejoin Tom Jones on the show.
Meanwhile, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera will be returning as judges on America's version of the talent show after taking a season off. Their spots were filled by Usher and Shakira earlier this year (13).
British pop star Jamelia is sporting a bandaged foot after cutting herself in a freak accident on Sunday (29Apr13) as she celebrated victory on TV contest The Voice Of Ireland. The Thank You hitmaker has been serving as a judge on the Irish version of the popular reality show, and she was overjoyed when her contestant, Keith Hanley, was named the winner of the series.
However, her celebrations were halted when she cut her foot while getting dressed.
Jamelia uploaded photographs to her Twitter.com page showing her bloodied Christian Louboutin high heel and her bandaged foot, tweeting, "Q (question): How does the winning coach on the Voice of Ireland celebrate?! A (answer): By cutting her foot open on a pair of dungarees!
"Mr Keith Hanley...The Voice Of Ireland! So happy for you, has been a pleasure. Can't walk...but I feel like I'm flying...Currently completely over the moon... And I would like to stay here for the foreseeable future!"