Cheryl Baker, famous singer from the 70s/80s band Bucks Fizz and now The Fizz, has found it difficult to keep her usual work endeavours going throughout three UK lockdowns.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused hardship for many people and the former Dancing On Ice star revealed it’s been no different for her.
Over the past few months, the singer has had to made tough decisions to let her household staff go, sold her fancy car, and has even banned herself from shopping for anything other than the essentials.
Needing to make the cash, Cheryl has instead taken to selling her clothes and other possessions on eBay.
“I haven't bought any clothes for a year. Nothing! And I used to go shopping all the time, mostly high street but, if I liked it, I would happily spend £500 on a dress,” she told the Daily Mail, before saying she sells “clothes and all sorts".
"My daughters are doing it for me," she explained.
“Though I haven't got any proper jewellery, it's all fake, along with my furniture and the paintings on the wall!”
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Cheryl and her husband Steve, who’s an accomplished musician in his own right and used to play bass guitar for Cliff Richard, are so skint that they can’t justify the cost of eating out (outside of lockdown) and have opted for the quiet country life instead.
The pop star now makes her money charging less than £30 for happy birthday video messages to her fans, a form of work that earns her up to £200 a week if she’s lucky, she told the publication.
She’s also found innovative ways to use her skills in her living room too, charging £10 a ticket for fun low-key gigs from the sofa.
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Cheryl hasn’t been afraid to open up about her current financial state, and has said that she’s had numerous offers from fellow celebrity friends offering her help to get back on her feet.
She revealed that Mike Nolan – her former original Bucks Fizz bandmate – even called her and said he was going to hop on the train and turn up with a wad of cash.
Despite the kindness she’s received, Cheryl insisted she won’t take charity from anyone and while she struggles to save “any money”, she’ll find ways to work through it.
“I’ve had no work at all — I've been scratching around. And it's hard. I'm a doer. I like to be busy. To be working. To be earning money and I'll try pretty much anything,” the star went on.
Speaking about how she’ll climb out of her current difficulties, Cheryl said she’s “struggling but managing”.
“I’m not destitute. I'm just struggling like so many people — and I'm in a much better position than a lot of them. There just isn't any work,” the star added. “Because I'm very lucky — much luckier than a lot of people.
"When people call me a 'has-been', I think, 'Yeah, but at least I have been and actually I still am. I'm still here. And I'll be performing again soon.’”
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