And after sticking with remedy for a year, Nicola by no means felt extra assured.
She mentioned: “You’ve got to be your own best friend.
“I had a year of therapy and I swear to God, I went in that with a sure degree of self-love, however not sufficient to hold me out of unhealthy relationships, not sufficient to try to save individuals who had been poisonous for me, not sufficient to recognise when one thing was unhealthy, to stroll away.
“But, I left that year with the most almighty amount of self-love and self-respect – and that comes before everything, every relationship, every friendship, everything and your relationship with yourself.”
Nicola recalled the destructive consideration she obtained when she gained a place in Girls Aloud on ‘Popstars: The Rivals’ in 2002 and thinks they had been “frustrated” as a result of she did not seem like a “typical pop star” as a result of of her pink hair and pale pores and skin.
Speaking to Laura Whitmore on the ‘Castaway’ podcast, she mentioned: “You’re just kind of put in front of a nation of people you know and it’s like you’ve gone from zero opinions to a nation of opinions. That’s a really odd thing.
“People used to say, ‘Oh did you get picked on for pink hair’, no manner! That was my superpower my complete life! I used to be actually proud of it. It simply wasn’t even a thought.
“Then when I was in the group I was like ‘Oh, it’s quite a thing that I’ve got red hair. Oh, its thing that I’m pale…’
“People had been extra pissed off that I used to be in that place, however I did not look how I used to be supposed to look and that’s a large eye-opener for society, I believe.
“That is a massive eye-opener for people to look in themselves and think, ‘Am I frustrated that she doesn’t look like a typical popstar? Why does that anger me?’ “