Myleene Klass

It's hard to know which description best sums up Myleene Klass.

Musician, TV presenter, author, businesswoman or model? Interviewer, columnist, pop star, designer, DJ or mother?

The simple truth is, Myleene is all of these things - and so much more.
Looking at her extraordinary CV, it's hard to believe how much this young woman has managed to pack into her career so far.
Even more astonishing is how she manages to keep her feet on the ground and remain one of the most respected and well-loved personalities in the UK.

This is the story of how a young, jobbing musician became one of the most prolific talents in the UK thanks to a wealth of talent, an abundance of personality, and a couple of lucky breaks.

 

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Myleene was born in Norfolk in 1978 to an English-Austrian father and a Filipina mother.
At the age of four, she picked up her grandfather's violin for the first time, and shortly afterwards began playing the piano.
She says, "I don't remember music ever not being part of my life.
"I'm an 80s kid so I'd listen to Kylie but at the same aged I'd also be listening to Tosca and Wagner.
"I'd make mix tapes with my dad which would cover both pop music and classical, which is interesting because that's kind of where I am now, mixing up the two different styles! I'm a Madonna and Mozart kind of girl."

But Myleene insisted at that point, she was far from destined to be a star.
She giggles, "Believe it or not, I was actually very quiet at school!
"My report card when I was about seven said, 'Myleene needs to come out of her shell. If she wasn't on the register, we wouldn't know she was there at all!'.
"It seems hard to believe now, I know..."

As a teenager, Myleene studied voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, adding harp to her repertoire, before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.
After graduating, she worked as a session musician and singer, making her West End debut in Miss Saigon.
When a crossroads appeared in her life, the decision she made was to change her life forever.
She explains, "I had a choice between playing Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, or auditioning for a new TV show called Popstars.
"I went for the latter. My dad thought I was mad!
"But it sounded fun. I didn't expect anything from it, but for me it was just another audition.
"We were told they were putting together a 'Christmas band' so, like any jobbing musician, I thought, 'Well, that will get me through to Christmas, then'.
"Nobody, least of all me, expected it to be huge."

But Myleene had underestimated just how popular Popstars was to become.
In 2000, she was picked from thousands of hopefuls to be one of the five members of the show's manufactured group, Hear'Say.
Their first single Pure and Simple entered the charts at number one and sold 1.2million copies.
Myleene says, "I really enjoyed the whole process, and when we released our single, it felt very much like overnight success.
"It was a bit like being in Spinal Tap at times! It felt like a parody because one minute we were ordinary people, the next, there were screaming fans and photographers everywhere we went.
"I don't think anybody will ever have that experience again, because the reality show culture has become so widespread now that people know, at least a little bit, what they're getting into.
"But we genuinely had absolutely no idea. It was like, 'What on earth...?'
"It was an amazing time. I'd gone from being a jobbing musician to getting a number one with a band."

A string of hits, and a tour, followed, but the band fell apart under the pressure and split in 2002.
The experience left Myleene feeling battered and bruised, and unsure about the future.
She says, "I had my confidence knocked a lot.
"I thought, 'Am I going to be out of a job at 23?', because we were too famous to work in McDonald's but I didn't know if I could work in music.
"It was a scary time."

Never one to be down for long, Myleene picked herself up again and decided to go back to her roots and make a classical album.
In 2003 she signed a solo deal with Universal Classics and released her debut solo album, Moving On.
It got to number two in the charts, went gold within weeks, and has since gone double platinum.

At this point, TV was starting to beckon to Myleene.
She cut her teeth on a number of guest presenting roles before landing her first major job in 2005, presenting cult Saturday morning ITV show, cd:uk and interviewing all the big pop stars of the time.
She says, "Nobody had ever let me do that before!
"It was frightening, but I've always liked challenging myself and doing things that scare me.
"I'd learned a lot from being on the other side.
"I'd been interviewed by people who hadn't listened to my CDs or done any research, or didn't listen to my answers and respond to them. So I kind of knew what not to do!
"I soon found it was like being in an orchestra, as you have to listen to all the other parts around you - so in this case, the production gallery in my ear, my co-presenter, the interviewee.
"It was really exciting, because I'm hugely 'people curious'."

It's lucky Myleene likes taking herself out of her comfort zone, because in 2006, she took on one of the biggest challenges of her life: jetting to the Australian jungle to appear on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
She says, "I'd covered music festivals and done slots on nature programmes so I knew I was okay with the great outdoors! "I figured this wouldn't be much different, just a bit warmer!"
With her almost tomboyish, 'can do' attitude and her friendly and warm nature, Myleene was an instant hit with her campmates and also the viewers at home.
And when she stripped into THAT white bikini, she became a front-page fixture back home and a cert to reach the finals of the show.
Myleene became the most searched-for celebrity from the show EVER on internet search engine MSN, and the most searched for celebrity in the WORLD.
She was the highest placed woman on the show, coming second only to Matt Willis.
On leaving the jungle, she auctioned her now-legendary bikini to raise a staggering £7,500 for victims of the collapsed Christmas savings firm, Farepak. The ever-modest star could scarcely believe the reaction.
She says, "I think a lot of people thought I would cry a lot in the jungle!
"But my dad was in the Navy, my mum was from a third world country - I'm not the type to complain about a bug or a lack of food!
"There is so much reality in my life. I couldn't look my parents in the eye if I turned into a brat.
"As for the bikini, I know people might not believe me, but I really didn't do it on purpose! I actually used to get changed in the dunny because I was self-conscious and felt like I had all these wobbly bits.
"If I had known that appearing in a bikini would have the effect it did, I'd have walked down Oxford Street in a bikini years ago!"

After returning to the UK, offers for the much sought-after Myleene came flooding in.
She accepted presenting roles including the launch of hit magazine programme, The One Show, along with The People's Quiz (both BBC1).
Then in 2007 came one of her most pivotal roles: her own movie show, The Screening Room, on worldwide channel CNN International which goes out to 400 million people.
She says, "That changed my life. I have been all over the world to interview some amazing people from Johnny Depp to A. R. Rahman, the Slumdog Millionaire composer.
"I'm not a journalist, I'm an inquisitive musician, but I think that works to my advantage because people love to talk to me about music, and I have a point of difference for them because I'm on the other side too.
"I remember asking 50 Cent about Doris Day movies, and he admitted he cried at them!
"My aim is to get new answers from people who have been interviewed many, many times before, and that's a really fun challenge.
"I never know who I'm going to be interviewing next and that means life is never boring."

Myleene's exotic looks, famous curves and natural charm soon came to the attention of massive UK retailer Marks and Spencer.
In 2007, she was signed up to be one of the faces of the brand's famous marketing campaigns and has adorned billboards and TV adverts alongside such luminaries as Twiggy and Erin O'Connor, as well as presenting her own show on M&S TV.
She says, "For a girl who's 5ft 5ins, with brown hair and brown eyes, to be standing next to Twiggy, Lily Cole and Erin O'Connor was something else! I had to pinch myself.
"It's been one of the highlights of my career, definitely.
"Supermodels are totally different from the rest of us, they have limbs so long they are almost Goddess-like! So for an ordinary girl like me, it's been an amazing experience."

July 2007 also saw Myleene return to music with a brand new deal with EMI Classics.
She has released two albums: Myleene's Music For Romance and Myleene's Music For Mothers, both of which reached number one in the classical charts.
Music also played a big part in her presenting roles which included Saturday Night Divas (ITV1) in 2007, Last Choir Standing (BBC1) Popstar To Operastar (ITV1) in 2010-11, and The Classical Brits (ITV1) from 2008-present.
Since 2006, Myleene has hosted a show on Classic FM and can currently be heard every Saturday and Sunday evening from 10pm to midnight.
She says, "I'm all about taking classical music to the masses and letting a new audience know that classical music doesn't have to be scary."

In her personal life, Myleene's life has been equally busy.
She became a parent for the first time to baby Ava in 2007, and sister Hero followed in 2011.
Becoming a mum didn't slow Myleene's career; quite the reverse. The experience inspired her to work just as hard to provide not just a home but inspiration to her daughters.
She says, "I want to set a good example by being a working mother, and show my children that it can be done.
"In the early days I took Ava everywhere - she's been on P Diddy's yacht and up the Nile!"
"It's slightly different now she's bigger but I still like to spend as much time with them as I can, whilst still working and pushing the boundaries and learning all the time."

In 2008, Myleene became an author with the publication of her candid book, My Bump and Me, written during her first pregnancy.
She says, "It was a real diary, I've always kept them, inspired by my dad keeping a captain's log! It wasn't meant for publication.
"But then I realised although there are lots of self-help books telling you what to do, there wasn't really anything that told you how it really is.
"Pregnancy's not like the movies paint it. Having a baby is wonderful, but it's also the hardest thing I've done.
"They don't come with a manual! You don't need a manual, but you do need reassurance, and that's what I aimed to do."

Next up came her own clothing range BabyK available exclusively through Mothercare stores.
The range has been such a success; it has been extended to include children up to five years old.
She has also designed her own nail range, Myleene Klass Nails, available from a range of high street stores.
Myleene says, "For Baby K I'm fully involved in every aspect, including the pitches, which is brilliant because it's like being on The Apprentice!
"My range is my own vision; it's not based on trends. I march to the beat of my own drum. I've never followed what other people do."
The range has been a huge success, is now an international brand found in 29 countries and has been extended to five years old. Also includes the Babyk orchestra (going back to Myleene's classical routes) and home and travel from her experiences globe-trotting.

Myleene's presenting work has continued with shows including 10 Years Younger (C4), World's Youngest Daredevils (Sky Living) and the US version of I'm A Celebrity seeing her in a role safely away from the spiders and snakes for a change! She won Cosmopolitan's Ultimate Comeback Queen in 2007 and Ultimate TV Presenter in 2008, and Specsaver's Celebrity Spectacle Wearer of the Year in 2009.

Myleene is also delighted to be working as an ambassador for Save The Children, one of many charities she supports.
She says, "I think we have to give back. Particularly as a mother, I have this overwhelming feeling that I have an obligation to do what I can.
"We live in a global village now and it's important to help."

With such a wealth of experience in so many different fields, it is impossible to predict what lies ahead for Myleene.
She admits, "It's been an amazing ride! I've been to Afghanistan to see the British troops, and met my hero Chaka Khan, along with so many other fantastic opportunities.
"All of these things have happened to me because I learnt to play the piano when I was a child!
"I don't profess to be the best at anything I do. I'm just not frightened of being frightened; I'm not scared of taking risks.
"I only have one life and I believe in grabbing it.
"I'm not even going to plan what comes next. I'm still evolving.
"Whatever I do next, I will have passengers on board now that I have my two lovely babies!
"All I know is that I'm really, really privileged to do the things that I do."

MYLEENE'S CV AT A GLANCE

  • 1978: Born in Norfolk.
  • 1982: Begins to play the piano and violin
  • 1999: Graduates from the Royal Academy of Music
  • 2000: Picked to be a member of Hear'Say after getting to the finals of ITV reality show Popstars.
  • 2002: Hear'Say split.
  • 2003: Signs a solo deal with Universal Classics and releases Moving On, which goes to number two and eventually goes double platinum.
  • 2005: Presents cd:uk
  • 2006: Begins presenting her own show on Classic FM, and stars in I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here.
  • 2007: Presents The One Show, Saturday Night Divas, and The People's Quiz, and lands her own show, The Screening Room, on CNN.
  • Signs up with Marks and Spencer as a model, and signs a new deal with EMI Classics.
  • Also gives birth to first daughter, Ava.
  • 2008: Presents The Classical Brits, and publishes pregnancy diary, My Bump and Me.
  • Launches her own clothing range, Baby K, through Mothercare stores.
  • 2009: Launches Pantene Pro V's Volume and Body Collection, presents 10 Years Younger: The Challenge and the US version of I'm A Celebrity.
  • 2010: Presents Popstar to Operastar and Last Choir Standing, and provides cover on This Morning.
  • 2011: Gives birth to second baby Hero in March.
  • Presents second series of Popstar to Operastar, This Morning and World's Youngest Daredevils
  • 2012: Becomes the 2012 ambassador for Save The Children. Launches Myleene Klass Nails, Startrite By Myleene Klass and No. 1 Celebrity clothing range for Littlewoods.
  • 2013: Win’s Glamour Magazine’s “Entrepreneur Of The Year”

 

 

 

 

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14/04/15 Notebook Myleene’s undie drop Article
12/04/15 Mail On Sunday Myleene: Britain’s got Klass Article
11/04/15 Daily Express Saturday Last word: Myleene Klass Article
28/03/15 Daily Mirror Klassy Klob Article
17/03/15 Hello! Myleene Klass models her latest wears Article
17/03/15 Woman I wish I’d listened to my dad! Article
17/03/15 Look Celebs Wear High St Too! Article
15/03/15 TV Extra (Daily Star) Dare to be brave! Article 1, Article 2
13/03/15 First News Hope for health Article
10/03/15 Now Myleene’s Masterklass Article 1, Article 2
10/03/15 OK! I wear what I feel good in, not what I’m told to wear! Article
10/03/15 Look Myleene’s Tropical Drop Article
09/03/15 The Sun Pink & perky Article
09/03/15 Daily Express Myleene’s so peachy in her latest design Article
09/03/15 Daily Mirror Bright star is looking Klassy Article
09/03/15 Daily Record Summer Klassics Article 1, Article 2
03/03/15 The Sun Bash of the titans Article
03/03/15 Daily Mirror Myleene in tears at Nepal mum’s ordeal Article
03/03/15 Best Celeb supermums Article
24/02/15 Look Celebs Wear High St Too! Article
22/02/15 Fabulous Business Klass Article 1, Article 2, Article 3, Article 4
15/02/15 Daily Star Sunday TV Extra Myleene Klass: ‘I’m like a warrior!’ Article 1, Article 2, Article 3
12/02/15 Daily Record Klass undie sales soar Article
12/02/15 Daily Mirror Top of the Klass for PR Article
10/02/15 Daily Express Myleene was having a laugh Article
10/02/15 OK! Less is definitely more! Article
10/02/15 Now Exact match: Myleene in Littlewoods Article
09/02/15 Daily Express Myleene’s racy new touch of Klass… Article
09/02/15 Daily Star Bra-vo Myleene Article
09/02/15 Daily Mirror Myleene bares up under strain Article
09/02/15 The Sun Myleene’s got prints charming Article
06/02/15 i Klass blasts mums’ call for gift donation Article 1, Article 2
06/02/15 The Times Klass mocks mothers who seek £10 donation instead of birthday gift Article
06/02/15 The Guardian Parental plea for birthday cash irks Klass Article
06/02/15 The Sun Klass clowns Article
06/02/15 Metro Keep birthday lists pure and simple, Myleene urges Article 1, Article 2
06/02/15 Daily Telegraph Children’s party request that incurred the wrath of Klass Article
06/02/15 Daily Mirror Myleene starts Klass war at school gates Article
06/02/15 Daily Express Myleene hits out at ‘bonkers’ birthday demands Article
03/02/15 Look Celebs Wear High St Too! Article
06/01/15 The Sun Ain’t life tweet Article
05/01/15 The Sun Reasons to be cheerful Article
05/01/15 Daily Star Holiday gal’s all Klass Article
09/12/14 Woman Week in style - Red Alert! Article
09/12/14 Radio Times Myleene shows her class Article
09/12/14 Daily Mirror Beauty School with TV presenter Myleene Klass Article
09/12/14 Daily Record How to get a touch of red carpet glam Article
02/11/14 Sunday Mirror Xmas with Klass Article
14/10/14 Woman Week in style: Lush leather Article
14/10/14 New! Style: Pride of Britain Awards special Article
12/10/14 Daily Star Sunday TV Extra I’ve been more daring! Article 1, Article 2, Article 3
11/10/14 Daily Express Saturday Myleene’s dream Article 1, Article 2
07/10/14 Daily Mirror I’m single and more confident than ever Article
06/10/14 Daily Star Klassy little number Article
06/10/14 Daily Express Stylish Myleene shows off her new range Article
06/10/14 The Sun My new fashions Article
27/08/14 The Sun Why all kids need their grandparents Article
24/08/14 Daily Star Sunday TV Extra Don’t be afraid to dress up! Article 1, Article 2, Article 3
19/08/14 Daily Mirror My’s the lacy in red Article
18/08/14 Daily Star Myleene goes wild Article
18/08/14 Daily Record First Klass Article
18/08/14 The Sun Sheer Klass: Myleene’s new undies Article 1, Article 2
18/08/14 Metro Klass reveals her animal attraction Article
18/08/14 Daily Express Myleene basques in her own designs Article
09/08/14 The Sun TV magazine Style: How to dress like your favourite TV stars Article
09/08/14 The Sun Myleene back to Klass of 2006 Article
09/08/14 Daily Record Inside TV Fashion: Get spotted like Myleene in leopard Article 1, Article 2
20/07/14 Sunday People Myleene keeny to make a splash in her bikini Article
20/07/14 Love Sunday Style insider: Sunday girl Article
08/07/14 Reveal I want what she’s got! Article
08/07/14 New! Love it? Get it! Article
11/06/14 Metro Myleene: I’ve jumped in the deep end with lover Article
11/06/14 Daily Express Myleene Klass set pulses racing… Article
11/06/14 Daily Star Smyleene new love Article
11/06/14 Daily Mirror Leene and tanned Article
11/06/14 Daily Record Swim suits you, Myleene Article
10/06/14 Reveal Myleene Klass Article
03/06/14 OK! Let’s shop! Article
01/06/14 Notebook Groomed & doomed Article
30/05/14 Daily Star That’ll show nicely Article
30/05/14 Metro Sole food for Myleene Article
22/05/14 Metro Touch of class Article
20/05/14 Best Myleene’s tropical prints Article
20/05/14 New! I want my kids to do a normal job Article
20/05/14 Reveal I want what she’s got! Article
20/05/14 Digital Spy 10 Cannes revelations by Myleene Klass Article
17/05/14 Daily Express Saturday Myleene’s a Loose Woman Article
17/05/14 Daily Record Love her look Article
02/05/14 Daily Mirror My’s little helper Article
28/04/14 Star Back to their bikini best! Article
28/04/14 Star Rated or slated Article
22/04/14 Reveal Who wore it best? Article
22/04/14 OK! Encore! The Laurence Olivier Awards Article
14/04/14 Metro Sheer Klass Article
14/04/14 Daily Star My’s classy dress sense Article
14/04/14 Daily Express Myleene, the darling of red carpet as Abba stars light up awards Article
12/04/14 The Sun My, how time flies Article
08/04/14 Heat The Olivier Awards 2014 Article
08/04/14 OK! Celebrity must-haves: Animal Instincts Article
08/04/14 Closer The Olivier Awards 2014 Article