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How Strictly’s Faye Tozer overcame dark past of out-of-control boozing and depression following Steps split to earn ‘Smiler’ reputation

How Strictly's Faye Tozer overcame dark past of out-of-control boozing and depression following Steps split to earn 'Smiler' reputation

STRICTLY star Faye Tozer has waltzed into this weekend’s remaining however behind the sequins and the grins she hides reminiscences of some dark occasions in her private life.

The Steps singer has bravely overcome her wrestle with out-of-control boozing and depression when the band split up and she thought her showbiz life was over.

 Faye has impressed on Strictly and has reached the final


Faye has impressed on Strictly and has reached the ultimate

Shut buddies feared for the singer – whose nickname is “Smiler” – when issues received so troublesome for her personally that she couldn’t face a day and not using a drink.

When Steps split acrimoniously in 2001 and band mates Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Claire Richards shaped a duo, Faye struggled with the prospect of the celebrity she had dreamed of since being younger, slipping away.

Opening up concerning the troublesome time, she stated: “I got really depressed, drank too much and went into my shell.”

 Faye was a member of Steps with (L-R Claire, Lisa, Lee and H)

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Faye was a member of Steps with (L-R Claire, Lisa, Lee and H)

Faye was the ‘woman subsequent door’ in Steps, typically overshadowed by the pushier Claire and Lisa Scott-Lee who made up the band with ‘H’ and Lee Latchford-Evans.

A supply shut to Faye tells Solar On-line: “Claire and Lisa had all the time dominated interviews and Faye was the one who everybody appreciated however felt extra within the shadow.

“She was frightened that the top of the band meant it was throughout for her. She took it actually badly worrying what to do subsequent. She thought the dream was over.”

Faye turned depressed and began boozing to recover from the band break-up and it will definitely led to the top of her first marriage.

The supply added: “Her associates have been frantic with fear. She wouldn’t depart the home and consuming was the one factor that acquired her by means of the day.

“She’d labored so exhausting to make it and she nervous it was throughout.”

 Faye started boozing to get over the breakup of Steps

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Faye began boozing to recover from the breakup of Steps

Partying at 12 with older boys

Born in Northampton in 1975, she grew up shut to Mum, Dorothy, Dad, Angus and older sister Clare.

Whereas Clare was the extra educational of the sisters, Faye was the other and the 2 as soon as got here to fisticuffs.

Faye stated: “Once I was 15, we truly had a bodily battle. I punched her within the mouth and she went mad.

“We are complete opposites and she thought I was a show off and an attention seeker, while I thought she was a boring swot!”

Faye began partying early at 12 after getting in with a mature crowd. She appreciated dressing up and appeared older than she was.

 Faye and sister Clare are now close, but fought as teens


Faye and sister Clare at the moment are shut, however fought as teenagers

 Faye got a taste for drinking when she started going to raves as a youngster

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Faye obtained a style for consuming when she began going to raves as a teenager

One other supply stated: “Faye acquired a style for consuming when she began going to golf equipment and raves. She beloved to gown up and hang around with older boys and acted older than she was.

“Then later when she moved to London to follow her dream of being famous, drinking helped with her confidence and it became normal and part of her social life.”

Shut to her household, as an adolescent she discovered leaving residence to transfer to the capital a troublesome choice to make however knew she had to.

 A source says partying became a big part of Faye's life after moving to London

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A supply says partying turned an enormous half of Faye’s life after shifting to London

She stated: “I did not need to transfer to London and depart my household, I discovered it an unlimited wrench leaving house, I spent days crying as I considered whether or not I ought to depart or not.

“In the end I decided I wouldn’t get what I wanted by working in a cafe, I needed to follow my dreams and I did, but it was a terrible decision to make.”

 Faye as a teen - she moved to London to try and make it in the music industry


Faye as a teen – she moved to London to attempt and make it within the music business

Pushed from a younger age, Faye had first tried to make it huge in music as a member of covers trio Déjà vu after she attended Anne Gale Faculty of Dance in Luton, the place she achieved superior qualifications in a number of types, together with ballet, faucet and trendy.

She then carried out with a dance troupe and labored as knowledgeable singer on the Hilton Lodge Park Lane in London till she received her massive break.

Extra just lately, Faye has taken up pole dancing, displaying snaps of her bruises and spectacular poses to her 130,000 Instagram followers.

 Faye has become a fan of pole dancing to stay in shape


Faye has turn into a fan of pole dancing to keep in form

Jealousy and energy battles

Faye shot to fame in 1997 as half of Steps with line dancing hit 5,6,7,eight however the 5 split up in 2001, when Faye was 25.

There had been tons of infighting between the 5 and what had began out as enjoyable had stopped being that method.

Jealousy and energy battles had developed within the Steps camp when the teams found H had been having an unknown relationship with supervisor Tim Byrne for 2 years – with Claire in on the key.

 She quickly found success with Steps

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She shortly discovered success with Steps

On the Sky documentary Steps Reunion in 2011, Claire claims that her relationship together with her feminine bandmates broke down when she overheard complaining about her position as “lead” singer.

“From that moment it was not good,” she says.

They scored two No1 singles, three chart-topping albums and bought greater than 20million data worldwide.

 The band sold 20 million records

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The band bought 20 million data

However on the peak of their fame, success had created a divide between the buddies.

Once they have been requested to help Britney Spears on her North America tour, the band – apart from H – travelled by tour bus as he flew on Britney’s personal jet.

H advised The Guardian: “No one wants to sleep on a bus and I do suffer with insomnia. And Britney was so knackered she’d just sleep a lot. I was mainly chatting with her mum.”

 Behind the smiles, the band members were fighting

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Behind the grins, the band members have been preventing

Turning ‘chilly and distant’ to the husband she met at 20

Faye had been a relationship with Danish Jaspar Irn, ten years her senior, when she hit the large time. She’d met the long-haired drummer in 1995 by way of buddies when she was simply 20 and proposed to him by writing ‘Will you marry me?’ in lipstick on the toilet mirror.”

 She met future husband Jasper when she was just 20 years old

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She met future husband Jasper when she was simply 20 years previous

The couple married in 2002 at Hertfordshire’s Brocket Corridor split 5 years later.

Jasper advised The Solar on Sunday: “She turned chilly and distant to me and all of the sudden, after virtually 10 fantastic years collectively, the whole lot began falling aside.

“In the future she advised me, ‘I’ve had sufficient. I don’t need to see you any extra’. I used to be shocked. I haven’t spoken to her since.”

 The pair had a fairytale wedding at Brocket Hall in 2002 in front of many celebrity guests - but later divorced

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The pair had a fairytale wedding ceremony at Brocket Corridor in 2002 in entrance of many superstar visitors – however later divorced

Jasper in contrast Faye to Madonna as a result of of her single-minded ambition and want for fame.

An previous pal of Faye’s stated: “They have been each at totally different levels of their lives. Jasper was older and had seen his music profession come to an finish when his cope with Island Data was terminated.

“He’d hung out refurbishing their mock Tudor home in Pinner [North West London] however she wasn’t prepared to give all of it up and began staying with associates.”

 Things turned sour for the pair, with Jasper saying she suddenly decided to leave him

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Issues turned bitter for the pair, with Jasper saying she instantly determined to depart him

There was one other change too. He stated: “Faye turned grumpy on a regular basis. The top of the band left such a void in her life.

“I didn’t think Faye had a problem with alcohol because she was always a happy drunk. But she was traumatised. She was constantly down.”

A supply stated: “she needed to be again on the prime of her recreation. She’d received over her troublesome occasions and her consuming and her focus was simply on her profession.”

 Jasper told the Sun on Sunday that Faye was 'constantly down' towards the end of their marriage

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Jasper advised the Solar on Sunday that Faye was ‘continually down’ in the direction of the top of their marriage

 Faye's drinking was put down to the end of Steps

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Faye’s consuming was put down to the top of Steps

New profession and a brand new man

It was when Faye started to forge a brand new profession in musical theatre that she received a style for fulfillment once more.

She made her debut in 2004 in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Inform Me On A Sunday, happening to star in exhibits resembling Love Shack alongside former S Membership 7 star Jon Lee and former Hear’Say star Noel Sullivan.

She additionally appeared to rave evaluations in Me and My Woman reverse one-time Dr Who actor Sylvester McCoy.

 She met a new man, IT specialist Michael Smith and they married in 2009


She met a brand new man, IT specialist Michael Smith and they married in 2009

Quickly, new man IT specialist Michael Smith was on the scene and in 2009 they married at Beamish Corridor, County Durham and had their son, Benjamin Barrington Tozer-Smith, now 9.

Since then together with her house life settled, she is again within the highlight and having fun with each minute.

 She has settled into family life with son Ben


She has settled into household life with son Ben

Steps reformed in 2017, releasing the album Tears on the Dancefloor which charted at quantity two.

Additionally they went on large a tour of UK stadiums and festivals this summer time.

 Steps reunited last year

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Steps reunited final yr

On Strictly she has shone with associate Giovanni Pernice and Faye has wowed judges together with her professionalism and technical experience.

Her Charleston, impressed by The Sound Of Music throughout musicals week, acquired an ideal rating with each decide awarding her a ten.

When she leapt from the decide’s desk into Giovanni’s arms throughout a theatre and jazz routine to Fever by Peggy Lee, it was one of the season’s most memorable moments with Darcey Bussell saying “So much I loved about it.”

 She impressed in Strictly with her Charleston performance

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She impressed in Strictly together with her Charleston efficiency

Faye Tozer tops the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard after scoring 40 factors for her Charleston

And whereas she’s prevented any dance-offs, like fellow contestant Ashley Roberts, her skilled dance expertise has meant some viewers assume she hasn’t fairly captured the general public’s affections as a lot as dance newcomers like Stacey Dooley.

In accordance to the bookmakers she’s third favorite to win at 9/1 after favourites Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton and Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell.

 Faye is third favourite to win the show


Faye is third favorite to win the present

Harbouring goals of stardom as a comic book actress

However even when she doesn’t win – she hopes her expertise on Strictly might lead to different alternatives and one of her largest ambitions is to make individuals snort.

A pure together with her straightforward allure and comedian timing – she is eager to be taken critically as a comedy actress. She is a large fan of actresses like Lisa Kudrow of Phoebe from Pals fame or Kristen Wiig from Bridesmaids.

 Faye is now planning to make it big onscreen according to an insider

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Faye is now planning to make it huge onscreen in accordance to an insider

A supply shut to the Faye says: “Faye has all the time harboured goals of making it in comedy. She’s a fantastic actress and craves having the prospect to make it huge on the display.

“She’d had huge success with Steps but she’s the first to say they it was about having fun.”

It was starring in a nationwide manufacturing of Singin’ within the Rain in 2014 alongside former Dynasty star Maxwell Caulfield that basically noticed her expertise for laughs shine.

 Faye has impressed on stage after returning to musical theatre and hopes to become a comic actress

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Faye has impressed on stage after returning to musical theatre and hopes to turn out to be a comic book actress

Strictly might end up to solely be a stepping stone for the Steps star.

Whether or not or not her fast ft and profitable smile leads to success on the weekend – there’s far more to come on and off the dancefloor.

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