A bigger one than I realised…” Two years ago, Ashley Roberts made a concerted effort to change her life.
The Pussycat Dolls was fast disintegrating, so she left, and she also walked out on her boyfriend of five years. I wanted to press the restart button, and go off on a journey.”The life coach she had been seeing for a decade encouraged her to spend 2012 doing things she had never done before.
She has just come back from a week at a health spa: “Very hardcore.” I ask how she celebrated upon returning home, and she laughs.
Ashley Roberts has sent hearts racing after posing in knee high stockings for her first FHM cover.
The 33-year-old – who is now a Saturday night favourite alongside TV duo Ant and Dec on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – has long said goodbye to her former Pussycat Doll days, but that doesn’t mean she’s shaken the sexiness too.
Speaking to this month’s FHM she said: “There’s a part of me that always has the little bit of the sassy, sexiness in her.
That’s probably why I ended up with The Pussycat Dolls in the first place.” And she sure looks sexy in her new snaps.
She picks up the dog and plops him in her lap, and Cooper, perhaps typical of Maltese purebreds, remains puppet-like in her clutches.
His tongue lolls.“I remember when I first left Phoenix for LA,” she says.
I like to think I have good morals, but I still have a little bit of an edgy side.” Speaking of her first shoot she said: “FHM is sexy but it’s still classy, which is great.
I just love that I get to play dress-up for a living. Growing up dancing and knowing how to move my body – I enjoy that and I like that I can express that.
“I was 19, and I arrived with just 00 to my name.
I probably had more confidence back then than after leaving the Dolls.
So she went skydiving, took trapeze lessons, long motorcycle rides, and said yes when ITV offered her a place in the jungle. I’ve done retreats with her: three days of meditation, mantras, her teachings, and she gives you hugs every day. It feels like she cracks you right open, and helps you release things.”One might argue that there are things Roberts needs to release.