Una Healy: It’s not only girls who struggle
UNA HEALY of The Saturdays might be all about girl power, but warns that men as well as women have a tough time in the music industry.
The former coach on Ireland’s version of The Voice explained the pitfalls to Guilty Pleasures as she goes solo with a new track, Never See Me Cry. Una said: ‘There are some powerful women in music doing great things. Obviously coming from a girl band, it’s all about girl power. There will always be that struggle from either side — you don’t want to push it too far. It’s a very tough one for a man or a woman.’
Despite her Saturdays success, Una says she has to prove herself all over again. ‘It’s not an easy road to take,’ she added. ‘It’s a bit of a struggle all the time. You never really feel you’ve made it because you are constantly battling with it all.’
Married to rugby union star Ben Foden, 32, the mum-of-two says he is a great help as she tries to relight her career. ‘Between myself and my husband, we juggle it together,’ she said. ‘He does most of the school runs and the pick-ups and drop-offs. We manage very well together.’
And her new tunes have already had the seal of approval from their kids Aoife, six, and three-year-old Tadhg.
‘My son was singing Never See Me Cry,’ added Una, 36. ‘You never know how good a song is until you have it on in your car, up really loud. Children are a great audience to play music to. The three-year-old is loving it. A great test!’
Tickets for Una’s solo UK tour, Voice Inside Of Me, go on sale tomorrow.
Author: Andrei Harmsworth