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Michelle Christine Heaton (born 19 July 1979) is an English pop singer, actress, television personality and personal trainer. Heaton was a member of the pop group Liberty X from 2001 until they announced their split in 2007: they reformed one year later for a small gig. In October 2012 it was confirmed the group would reform for a one-off appearance at the Hammersmith Apollo and feature in the ITV2 series The Big Reunion with other pop groups Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Five, 911 and Honeyz.[citation needed]

Michelle Heaton
Michelle Heaton 2014.jpg
Heaton in 2014
Background information
Birth nameMichelle Christine Heaton
Born (1979-07-19) 19 July 1979 (age 40)
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
Occupation(s)Singer, actress, television personality, personal trainer
Years active2001–present
Associated actsLiberty X
Atomic Kitten

Early lifeEdit

Heaton was born in Gateshead on 19 July 1979.[1][2] A former student of Emmanuel City Technology College in Gateshead and Newcastle College of Performing Arts,[3] She began her singing career in the group Sirens in the late 1990s with other girls from the northeast of England.[4]

Music careerEdit

While the five winning contestants of Popstars formed Hear'Say, the five runner-up contestants formed the group Liberty. The name Liberty was chosen to reflect the freedom the members experienced following their participation in Popstars. Amidst pejorative media commentary (including the term "Flopstars"), the act proceeded to sign a multimillion-pound record contract with Richard Branson's independent record label, V2 records. Shortly after forming, Liberty received a legal challenge in the UK High Court from a funk R&B band, also called "Liberty", who achieved success in the 1990s, including being awarded Capital Radio Band of the Year, playing Wembley Arena, European tours and the release of albums in the USA, Europe and UK. The original Liberty claimed that the newly formed Liberty was taking advantage of the goodwill that had been created by the former's success (known in English law as the "tort of passing off"). The final judgment was in favour of the funk R&B band and the ex-Popstars then asked readers of The Sun to suggest a new name.[citation needed]

The winning name was "X Liberty", but the group used the entry as the basis for the official title, "Liberty X". Liberty X enjoyed seven Top 10 singles from 2001 to 2005. Their biggest hit, "Just a Little", reached Number 1 in May 2002. "Thinking It Over", "Got To Have Your Love", "Song 4 Lovers", and "Holding on for You" all reached the top 5 in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album, Thinking It Over, reached Number 3 in June 2002. Liberty X released another 2 albums, Being Somebody and X, which reached Numbers 12 and 27, respectively. Liberty X won two Brit Awards: for Best British Single and Best British Breakthrough Artist. From 2004 until 2007, Heaton contributed a regular column to the Hotstars section of OK! magazine. In 2004, she appeared in the fitness DVD Liberty X-Toned. In October 2007, shortly after Liberty X's split and final performance, Heaton signed a two album solo deal with 19 Entertainment, however, for unknown reasons, she left the label two months later.[citation needed]

Television careerEdit

In 2005, mad Michelle from the toon. Heaton was featured in the MTV UK and Ireland reality television production, Totally Scott-Lee, based around the musical career of Lisa Scott-Lee. In May 2006, Heaton played in goal for England in the Celebrity World Cup Soccer Six tournament. In December 2006, Heaton was a contestant on a celebrity couples edition of Weakest Link. She has appeared in the three-part documentary series Michelle & Andy's Big Day on ITV2 and as a reporter in Australia for GMTV. Heaton was one of the judges on You're A Star, an Irish talent show run on RTÉ in 2008.[5]

On 2 January 2008, she appeared in a documentary The Truth about Binge drinking, broadcast on ITV1, where she aimed to drink more than the recommended amount of alcohol for thirty days, to show the price that binge drinkers pay for their habits. She consumed a total of 349 units of alcohol over the space of 21 days. Her body fat index increased from 25% to 29%, and her liver dysfunction increased from 16% to 86%. She ended the binge early after suffering heart palpitations and prolonged pins and needles. Her weight was given as 60 kg (130 lb). In 2008, she appeared on the reality television show Fáilte Towers on RTÉ One in Ireland. Heaton also appeared on a celebrity edition of Come Dine with Me, aired on 17 September 2008, alongside fellow celebrities Peter Stringfellow, Lee Ryan, and Linda Barker. Heaton finished in third place, scoring 21 points. The fourth series of The Podge and Rodge Show, an Irish spoof chat show on RTÉ One with two bizarre puppet brother farmers as the interviewers, began on 20 October 2008 with Heaton appearing as a guest host for one show.[citation needed]

Heaton appeared in the sixth series of Celebrity Big Brother. She was the ninth person to enter the house. In week 3, Heaton faced the public vote against Ulrika Jonsson and was voted out of the house on Monday 19 January. She was the third housemate to have faced eviction. In 2009, following her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, Michelle appeared on Snog Marry Avoid? on BBC Three (Monday 23 March 2009). Michelle also appeared as an elf on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on Saturday 21 March 2009. Michelle appeared on ITV2's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now alongside Janice Dickinson in Australia from 16 November 2009 until 23 November. She regularly features on the ITV2 reality shows of Katie Price.[citation needed]

She also appeared on the second-season finale of the Irish version of The Apprentice, broadcast on 14 December 2009, where she was the celebrity guest of eventual winner Steve Rayner, who had the task of organising a launch party for the new Ford Fiesta car. As she pulled back the sheet to unveil the new car her foot got caught and she fell to the floor. Fortunately, she managed to get up and continue presenting. Michelle starred in 'Aladdin' at the Southport Theatre where she played the role of Princess Jasmine.[6] Michelle toured the UK as Gabby in the comedy play, The Naked Truth in 2010 and early 2011. In February 2011 Michelle was a guest interviewer on the new Channel 5 programme OK!TV. Michelle announced she will be starring as Aladdin in pantomime at Harpenden Public Halls for December 2015.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Michelle married singer Andy Scott-Lee in October 2006 and announced they had split in June 2008.[8] She married her current husband, Irish businessman Hugh Hanley, in the Bahamas in July 2010,[9] who she started dating in 2008.[10] In July 2011 it was announced that Michelle was expecting the couple's first child. On 11 January 2012, she gave birth to Faith Michelle Hanley. She became pregnant again in 2013[11] and gave birth to a baby boy Aaron Jay Hanley on 28 February 2014.[12]

In 2012, Heaton was diagnosed with a mutated BRCA2 gene and then found out that she had an 80% chance of developing breast cancer and a 30% chance of developing ovarian cancer.[13] She underwent a double mastectomy and had breast reconstructive surgery[14] in November 2012.[15] During a part recorded and part live interview, Michelle stated that her daughter Faith has a 50% chance of inheriting the mutated gene that she has. Her father is a BRCA2 carrier.[13] In 2015 she also underwent a complete hysterectomy and oophorectomy to reduce her risk of developing ovarian cancer.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Popstars Herself/Competitor Series 1; 2nd place
Bo' Selecta! Various role Episode 1; series 1
Episode 1; series 2
Episode 9; series 3
2003 Brainiac: Science Abuse Herself Episode 3; season 3
2005 Totally Scott-Lee Herself 8 episodes
2006 Michelle & Andy's Big Day Herself Reality TV series
2008 Come Dine with Me Herself/Competitor Series 6
2007—2008 You're a Star Mentor/Herself/Judge Season 6
2008 Supersize vs Superskinny Presenter
2008 Fáilte Towers Herself/Competitor
2009 Celebrity Big Brother 6 Herself/Competitor Series 6; Reality TV series
2013 The Big Reunion Herself Season 1, 9 episodes


Featured singlesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
(among The Girls of FHM)
2004 10 25 non-album song


  1. ^ "Michelle Heaton stuns in glamorous birthday selfie". OK!. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Michelle Heaton". Liberty X. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  3. ^ Michelle Heaton's dad reveals pride, Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  4. ^ Profile, AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  5. ^ "RTÉ TV Star judges". Archived from the original on 31 March 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Michelle Heaton Has Massive Fall While Unveiling A Car". Sky News. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "SHOCK! Andy Scott-Lee and Michelle Heaton split". Now. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  9. ^ "OK! Magazine: First For Celebrity News :: Latest Celebrity News :: Michelle Heaton Wedding EXCLUSIVE at her secret Caribbean ceremony". OK!. 27 July 2010. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Michelle Heaton is engaged to boyfriend Hugh Hanley". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  11. ^ Lorraine, 12 September 2013
  12. ^ Bull, Sarah (28 February 2014). "'We are the happiest parents ever': Michelle Heaton shares her joy as she gives birth to a healthy baby boy". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  13. ^ a b I'm afraid of leaving my child motherless
  14. ^ Ramsay, Peter (1 February 2013). "Michelle Heaton reveals her post-surgery figure after double mastectomy". The Harley Medical Group. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  15. ^ Loose Women, 27 February 2013
  16. ^ a b "Tina Barrett Chart History". aCharts. Retrieved 22 August 2009.

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