Michelle Christine Heaton, (born 19 July 1980, Gateshead, England) is a British pop singer, television personality and sometime glamour model voted "the most sought after girl in Newcastle". She was married to former boyband member Andy Scott-Lee, and was coincidentally the sister-in-law to former Steps singer Lisa Scott-Lee and the sister-in-law by marriage to former Hear'Say and Boom!! singer Johnny Shentall. She and Andy announced the end of their marriage on 5 June 2008 citing adultery on her part. Most recently, she has appeared on Celebrity Big Brother.
She is currently living in Dublin, Ireland with her boyfriend Hugh Hanley.
A former student of Emmanuel City Technology College in Gateshead, Heaton began her singing career in the band Sirens with other girls from the north east of England. She auditioned and made the final ten for girl band Girl Thing and then rose to fame when she took part in the ITV reality television show Popstars. Heaton reached the final ten but was not selected for the five member band Hear'Say. Soon after, she and the other four unsuccessful applicants formed Liberty X, signing a record deal with Virgin Records.
From 2004 until 2007, she contributed a regular Column to the Hotstars section of OK! magazine. In 2004, she appeared in the Fitness DVD Liberty X-Toned.
Heaton has announced that she will be releasing a cover version of Coldplay's single 'Talk' as her debut single. She has also confirmed that all proceeds for the single will go towards an autism charity. Heaton is said to be doing this after fellow You're A Star judge Keith Duffy told her all about the cause and the work he does for the charity. No official release date for the single has been confirmed.
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