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19 November
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Frankie is really looking forward to coming back to work

Hey everyone

Did you catch the rugby at the weekend? Even though they were beaten by the All Blacks, England put up a really good fight. I loved watching Ben playing and seeing the Haka was great too. I caught up with some of Ben’s teammates’ partners too. Watching Ben at Twickenham over the past three weeks has been amazing. I can’t wait for Aoife to get a bit older so she can enjoy it too.

 

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The Sats are going on tour next year which is very exciting. We haven’t done one since the All Fired Up tour in 2011 so we can’t wait to get started. We didn’t want to do it without Frankie but she’ll be back for it and she’s really looking forward to getting back with us.

Frankie will be fine slotting back in because she didn’t really miss a lot. She’ll just have to pick up the routine for Disco Love and everything else she already knows. She’ll slot straight back in because she’s such an amazing dancer – she can literally pick up a routine in five minutes. She’s in regular contact and sends very cute pics of baby Parker. She’s doing so well, motherhood really suits her.

 

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You might have seen the adorable photo of Ben and Aoife on my Instagram page. They were doing ‘nosies’ which is when they get together for a little Eskimo kiss. Ben says to her ‘nosies’ and she knows exactly what to do. I took the photo last week when Ben and I both had a day off so we went for a family day out. We went for a pub lunch then we took Aoife to the park. It was a gorgeous sunny autumn day and all the colours and crunchy leaves made it picture-perfect.

Catch up soon.

Love from Una xxx

17 October
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My gorgeous birthday gifts from the Sats girls

Hey everyone,

The last week has been a total whirlwind! I had my birthday on Thursday as well as lots of stuff going on with the Sats too. Our new album Living For The Weekend came out on Monday – hope you’ve had a chance to get yourselves a copy, I’d love to hear what you think of it so please leave your comments at the bottom and I’ll be sure to read them.

We performed at G-A-Y on Saturday night, it’s always such a brilliant night. The place was packed and we were on stage until about 2am. We heard there was a two-hour queue outside the door to see us so we were really grateful to everyone who came along. I absolutely love cake so I was also really happy to be presented with a second birthday cake during the night too!

On Wednesday I celebrated my birthday with Vanessa and a couple of our friends in London before spending the evening with Ben. Vanessa and I went for a few cocktails then I met Ben to go and see Book of Mormon. I thought the acting, the staging and the performance was great but to my surprise the storyline really didn’t do it for me. I’d heard such great things about it, especially from Vanessa and her boyfriend but I just didn’t get the humour. I’m not an overly sensitive person at all and I sometimes find crude humour quite funny but I just didn’t like the show. It didn’t make me laugh at all and I think it went over my head to be honest. Ben thought it was okay but it didn’t really move him either.

I think I would have preferred to go and see The Commitments, being Irish that would’ve been great for me or maybe The Bodyguard would have been better. Even though I wasn’t a massive fan of Mormon, I think it’s always good to go and see new things and find out what all the fuss is about.

 

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We still had a really lovely evening though. We had a gorgeous meal at STK in the ME London Hotel – I actually think it was the best steak I’ve ever had. I ordered Wagyu beef and it just melted in my mouth. Then we stayed at the Sanderson Hotel which was really romantic and it was a real treat to have some time to ourselves. Ben treated me to some stunning black Jimmy Choo heels with studded pointy toes – he did really well with those!

I got loads of lovely scents from the Sats. Mollie bought me a bottle of my favourite perfume which is Ralph Lauren Romance. I’ve worn it for ages and it’s my go-to scent for the daytime because it’s so fresh. It’s a really old-school perfume that’s been around a long time. I used to wear it years ago and now it’s come back again. It’s also the scent I wore on my wedding day so it holds some really wonderful memories for me.

My favourite evening perfume in Midnight Rain by La Prairie. I discovered it about five years ago with Vanessa in an airport and now we both wear it. We were wandering around duty free and both found it separately and said “I’ve just found the most amazing perfume!” and we both said “Me too!’ and it was the same one” She still wears it too so it’s like ‘our smell’. People always comment “Oh my god! It’s gorgeous, it’s that smell” and a few of my friends have started wearing it too because it’s so good. It reminds me so much of the beginning of the band and meeting Ben for the first time. I love the way a smell can transport you back.

 

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I was really touched by a personal gift from one of our lovely fans Claire from Scotland. She handed it to me in person on behalf of all the fans after working on it for months.

Ben and I were at the Attitude Magazine awards on Tuesday night. It was great fun to get glammed up – i’ll tell you more about it next time!

Speak soon

Una xxx

14 October
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I’m keeping Aoife’s old clothes safe in the attic in case Ben and I have another girl one day

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had a great weekend.

The weather’s really turned now hasn’t it? I can’t wait to bring out my sheepskin coat for when the days get colder. It’s my winter staple. I’ve been packing up Aoife’s summer clothes in the attic, so if in the future Ben and I have another little girl she can wear them. It’s amazing how quickly Aoife grows — I’ve had to buy clothes for her every six months. At the beginning babies grow like mushrooms don’t they? But at the moment she’s in between the 18 and 24 months stage. I previewed the new Boden collection as I’m a big fan and I love dressing Aoife up in baby Boden. I’m on the hunt for a little leather jacket for her — I love leather jackets!

 

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I’m also really into my midi rings at the moment. I’m wearing one right now and you can get them everywhere. The Saturdays are all loving a statement necklace too — they seem to be massive.

 

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The past week was so busy promoting Disco Love and performing at G.A.Y. on the weekend. A few of our acoustic versions of the songs are featuring on YouTube so be sure to check them out and let us know what you think. I love it when I get to bring out my guitar. We’ve worked out some really great vocal arrangements and it’s just a really nice way of mixing it up a bit.

 

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We had a little jamming session with Shaggy at the Google Hangouts. It was completely impromptu but we got great response on YouTube. He sang a bit over What About Us. He’s such a legend, isn’t he, and now we can say we’ve sort of collaborated with him. We’ve been so lucky in the past with our collaborations, performing with some great acts like Sean Paul and Flo Rida. It would be amazing to work with Justin Timberlake too – we always say that.

 

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I haven’t been watching all of X Factor but I did get to meet some of Nicole Scherzinger’s girls at the ITV studios when we were there. We spoke to them for a bit and they were all really nice. The Girls’ category is very strong this year and the contestants are all very different. Ben likes to give a running commentary during the show. He was really sad to see Joseph Whelan go and was tweeting about him a lot.

Speak soon.

Love Una xxx

06 October
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Frankie’s baby boy’s wardrobe is amazing already!

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re having a good weekend. Did anyone tune into Sunday Brunch and hear the Sats performing an acoustic set? We met up with another acoustic player and a percussionist this weekend to perfect it so I was really excited for you to hear it. I hope you found it lovely and chilled — just how Sunday mornings should be.

Disco Love is out on Sunday so you’re going to be seeing us on TV a lot next week – we’re doing Daybreak, This Morning and the Alan Titchmarsh show. We’re also going to be on the radio and will be doing some online stuff too which is an incredibly important part of our work now. We’ve also going to be on Surprise Surprise on Sunday night with a really special treat so keep your eyes peeled for that too.

 

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We’re all missing Frankie so much. She’s getting pretty bored at home waiting for her little baby boy to arrive but he’s not far away. He’s going to have the best wardrobe going – I’m sure you’ve seen the photos she’s been posting on Twitter – that’s not even the half of it!

Alaia-Mai is really well too. Marvin brought her along when we were performing last weekend so the Sats aunties got to dote on her. She didn’t have her ear defenders on so she couldn’t come to the side of the stage, so he stayed backstage in the dressing room with her. I hadn’t seen her for a couple of weeks and she seemed to have really grown. She still looks teeny tiny compared to Aoife who’s becoming like a proper little girl now.

I’m really looking forward to being treated for my birthday by Ben next week. My birthday’s on the 10th October but we’ll be celebrating the day before because that fits in best with our schedules. We’re going to the theatre in London, having dinner in the West End and spending the night in a hotel. Can’t wait to tell you all about it next week!

Lots of love,

Una xxx

03 October
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Ben and I watched One Direction’s first ever auditions on YouTube

Hey everyone

Hope you’re having a great week. I’ve had a few days at home with Aoife which has been lovely.

I’ve been catching up on TV too. I’m loving the X Factor and Downton Abbey being back on – I’m big fans of both. Ben and I watched the X Factor together the other night with a takeaway once we’d put Aoife to bed.

While we were watching we thought it’d be really funny to watch One Direction’s first ever auditions on YouTube so we did and it’s amazing to see how life-changing the show was for all of them. They went in as five very young individuals and got put together – just look where they are now! A  couple of them had auditioned before and Liam had made it to the judge’s houses so it just goes to show that you can go back and still make it.

 

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I thought the new seat system where you get a place but it might be taken away from you is quite harsh. It must be horrible being up on the stage with the whole room watching you and having your place taken away from you. However I don’t think the contestants can complain too much because you know when you’re entering that kind of competition that you might end up in a position like that. TV shows like X Factor are known for introducing all these twists because the format has been going for so long so they have to introduce new things to keep people interested in the show.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the live shows, that’s when things get really exciting. The UK music scene is really welcoming of fresh talent. People just need to fill spaces that haven’t yet been filled by bringing something new and different to separate themselves from the rest.

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I spent hours and hours signing album posters and CD singles last week. I got comfy on the sofa and got into the swing of it and got through stacks and stacks of them. Sometimes people are surprised when they find out that we do the signing ourselves and they think it’s done by a machine but it’s not. I think it’s really nice for our fans to have a keepsake single or poster signed by us. CD singles are really popular with our fans still, they’re almost a collector’s item nowadays. The first ever single I bought (in tape form!) was Michael Jackson’s Bad. After that it was True Blue by Madonna and Kylie Minogue’s Locomotion – so eighties, I really wore those tapes out, they were my world!

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I remember the days when everyone used to record songs off of the radio to make homemade tapes, you’d have to pause the recording before the DJ cut in and you had to be really on it to get a smooth recording! My sister and I used to record ourselves singing and we’ve kept the tapes so they’re very funny to listen to now and again. When our cousins came over we used to have singing competitions and talent contests, I used to get really upset if I didn’t win so they came up with a way to make everyone a winner to keep me happy.

 

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I’m a big radio listener – I love Heart for chilled music, Radio One for up to date stuff and Radio 2 for a bit more conversation and older, classic tunes. My latest album download is an American country album which is full of lovely songs.

Our new single Disco Love is out on Sunday so we’re doing lots of promo work for that. I’ll tell you where you can see and hear us in my next blog post.

Speak soon.

Love Una xxxx

01 October
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Ben and Aoife enjoyed some daddy-daughter time while I was performing at the weekend

Hey everyone

Hope you’re all well. The Sats had a busy weekend with performances in Birmingham and Brighton. We caught up with The Wanted backstage in Brighton – a couple of them had just flown in from Malaysia but they were glad to be home and were all on great form.

I made it back home just in time to put Aoife to bed on Sunday night. Ben had been on ‘daddy day-care duty’ all weekend and they had a lovely time together.

 

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He really loves to get out and about with his little girl so they went to the park. Aoife loves the baby swings but that’s as adventurous as we’ve got with her at the moment because she’s still really small. She goes on the slide too but we have to keep a hold of her so she doesn’t wobble off. She goes to Baby Gym and Monkey Music every weekend too so Ben took her to those. We’re looking into Baby Ballet for her at the moment too. I got to try loads of different activities when I was little and I want her to have the same opportunities to find something she loves like I did. I also think it’s really important for her to socialise with other children at least twice a week.

Ben allowed himself some downtime too. He’s got a really good set up actually – we’ve got a room in the house which used to be his ‘man cave’ before we had Aoife. Now it’s partly Aoife’s playroom where she has her day cot but also still partly Ben’s ‘man cave’. There are two TVs in there – one is especially for Ben’s computer games and another for whatever anyone else wants to watch. So while Aoife had her day time naps, Ben had a couple of hours off and played computer games. There were toys strewn all over the room when I got back so I could tell they’d been having lots of fun together.

Speak soon!

Love from Una xxxx

27 September
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‘Why I’m a great believer in fate’

Hey lovely readers,

Hope you’ve all had a good week.

I’ve had some really lovely feedback about the shoot I did for Fabulous magazine which came out last Sunday. It was a very different look for me but it’s always good to try new things and mix it up a bit.

I felt like it was the right time to talk about the underactive thyroid problem I suffer from, Hashimoto’s hypothyroid. I actually found out about it before I got pregnant with Aoife but didn’t want to focus on it back then. I’m lucky in that it doesn’t hold me back in life. Apart from the daily medication, of which I take quite a low dose, I lead a very normal existence.

I had heard of it before I was diagnosed because I had a really husky voice and it turns out that that can be one of the symptoms of the disorder. It sounded really scary at first and I was worried when I heard that it can affect your ability to conceive or could make you miscarry. Ben and I talked about it and decided that if I did get pregnant it would be a good thing, so we stopped trying not to get pregnant – and I got pregnant pretty much straight away! I had started taking the medication at that point which was lucky because otherwise getting pregnant might not have come so easily.

 

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I’m glad to be raising awareness about the disorder. It’s good to get checked if you’re suffering from any of the symptoms like hair loss, low heart rate, feeling really cold, feeling depressed or gaining weight – they could be side effects of a thyroid problem.

I’ve been catching up on some TV on my days off. I’m pretty hooked on X Factor at the moment, it’s so entertaining.

I think the judges are in a very important position on a show like that. Of course there are the contestants who come along for a laugh and to provide entertainment knowing that they will never really make the grade. But there are also people on these shows who are so desperate to get into the industry and it’s very easy for them to have a negative experience that could shatter their hopes and dreams forever. Nerves can get to people and they could end their chances really quickly. I remember when I was starting out, I would go to auditions and nerves would sometimes take over my whole body, my voice, everything!

I was lucky never to have a terrible experience. I do remember auditioning for the Irish Pop Stars when I was 19. I got down to the last 32 and we all went away to a secret location. Louis Walsh was one of the judges and they told me that they saw me as more of a solo act – which obviously didn’t happen in the end! It took me a while to get my confidence back after that because I’d been very close to getting my big break. Fate took a hand and now I can see that it just wasn’t the right time for me. The group didn’t end up doing so well so I can be glad that it took me that little bit longer to find my feet in the industry.

We’ve got a gig at the Bullring in Birmingham on Saturday then we’ll be in Brighton performing at a festival on Sunday so I’ll be sharing my photos and stories with you next week.

Speak soon.

Love Una xxxx

26 September
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My heart melted when I found out Aoife recognised me singing on TV

Hey everyone,

Did you catch Mollie, Rochelle, Vanessa and I performing on Stepping Out on Saturday night? I’m so happy to say the performance went really well. It was a huge production with all the dancers and skaters so it was great to pull it off. It’s funny because you spend what seems like ages rehearsing for a performance like that and then it’s over in a flash.

 

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You might have seen a photo on Twitter of us meeting Mel B. Mollie and I were properly starstruck. She walked in to our dressing room and said hi and we were trying to play it cool, and then as soon as she left me and Mollie were so excited and screaming ‘Arghh! We’ve just met Mel B!’ We couldn’t believe that someone who was once on our posters on our bedroom walls had just walked into our dressing room!

 

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I absolutely loved the Spice Girls when I was younger. I was the sporty one in my group of friends when I was younger so I was often likened to her. I never had a favourite though – I just loved them all and the fact that they had their own individual characteristics.

 

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We managed to catch some of the performances before we went on stage and we were so impressed. The level is so high, their performances were flawless. Oritsé Williams and his girlfriend AJ Azari blew me away with their performance, they were just outstanding. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and his wife Jackie were great, as were Brian McFadden and his wife Vogue but I do think Oritsé and AJ will pip them to the post in the final next week.

 

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I posted a little video of Aoife watching me and the girls performing on Saturday night. Our nanny Ruth videoed her in front of the TV in the kitchen in her highchair. At the beginning she’s leaning on her elbow, hand on her head and she’s not really bothered or watching properly. Then she starts getting in to the groove, and then she spots me and hears my voice – which is so cute to think that she’s getting more and more intelligent and recognising me and she’s just screaming ‘la la la’ and it was so cute. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it myself, my heart melted!

Speak to you all soon.

Lots of love Una xxx

21 September
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Lots of surprises in store for our first-ever performance of the new single Disco Love

Hey lovely readers,

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend – the Sats are building up for an exclusive, first-ever performance of the new single Disco Love tonight. We’re going to be singing live on Stepping Out on ITV at 6:30pm and we’d love you to tune in.

The Saturdays have put loads of energy into perfecting the performance this week and we’re really happy with the way it’s turned out and can’t wait for you to see it. The cover of the single gives you a little hint of what you might see but I can’t give away too much before the show starts – just know that it’s going to be really spectacular.

 

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We’ve got lots of incredibly talented dancers involved and other exciting people there. We learnt the choreography for the dance one day last week then put it together with the dancers the next day. I love learning new routines and we always have fun when we’re in the studio.

I’m so happy to say that the Sats have had some really great feedback about our new Living For The Weekend album cover. Although the album has a very pop party vibe, we wanted to go with a more classic cover. We’re always very much involved with all the covers of our singles and albums and thought the all black outfits reflected a more sophisticated vibe.

I always read your comments and love hearing what you thought of our performances and outfits so be sure to leave your feedback on my blog.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Love from Una xxxx

 

 

04 September
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The Sats loved all the cheers at Fusion Fest

Hi everyone,

Thanks for reading my blog.

The Sats had a great weekend performing at Fusion Fest. We went up to Birmingham for the day and us girls put on a good show! There were loads of different acts on — The Wanted were there, Ne-Yo, Labrinth and more. The crowds were absolutely loving it. I gave shout outs, so I asked, “Who’s looking forward to seeing Ne-Yo?” and the fans all gave a massive cheer. Then I said, “Who’s looking forward to seeing The Wanted?” and they all gave a cheer. And then I was a bit cheeky and asked, “Who’s looking forward to seeing us?” and they gave us a big cheer too so that was good!

We had such a great response and got to meet some of our fans before the show. It’s always lovely seeing how much support we have and it’s so sweet when they go out of their way and bring us presents. I remember I once mentioned that I love tea bags, and at one point I was getting loads of boxes of tea! It was really nice.

 

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We always get really sweet letters too — I love the fan mail. It’s quite old school but some of our fans really make an effort to write nice words down on paper and I love holding onto the letters. Every year the nicest gift we all receive is a “birthday book” and I know an awful lot of planning and preparation goes into that. They’re compilations of messages and pictures. I have all my fan books from four or five years ago. I hold onto them because they’ve literally got pictures of everything we’ve done that year and things the Sats have said and it’s just lovely, such nice memorabilia — I feel so lucky.

I hope you’ve all had a chance to get out and enjoy this gorgeous weather! I hit the driving range with Ben to practise my swing and was loving the sunshine. Marvin (Rochelle’s husband), Niall (from One Direction) and Marvin’s friend Tom were there too so the boys went off and played on a separate golf course. I’m hoping that soon I’ll be able to join them and actually play a round, but at the moment I’m just a beginner and I’m learning how to play the game properly. I think I’m getting better but I’m definitely still a beginner!

 

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Ben got me into it because we just went once for fun and I really enjoyed it, so it really took off from there. You do need to dedicate time though and what with being a mother and taking care of Aoife, when I do have a bit of down time I like to play golf. The boys are all of a similar standard really — I’m not being biased! Ben and Niall won that day, but they often switch up teams. They just love doing it for fun.

Hope you all have a good week.

Speak soon.

Love Una xxx

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