Under the Bridge
“I find intelligence sexy. I find a sense of humour sexy. I find sensitivity sexy.” Nicole Appleton
Canadian pop singer and actress Nicole Appleton rose to fame as a member of the British/Canadian girl group All Saints, along with her sister Natalie Appleton, Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis. Their first album, “All Saints” (1997), went 5x platinum in the UK and spawned four No. 1 UK hits: “Never Ever,” “Under the Bridge,” “Lady Marmalade” and “Bootie Call.” The secodn album “Saints & Sinners” (2000) became a chart topper in the UK and achieved double platinum status. It scored two No.1 UK hit singles with “Pure Shores” and “Black Coffee.” Mounting competition between band members eventually led to the group's break up in 2001. Nicole then performed in the musical duo Appleton with her sister. The group produced a Top 10 hit album (2003's “Everything's Eventual”) and two Top 10 hit singles (“Fantasy” & “Don't Worry”) before disbanding. All Saint reformed in 2006, and their new studio album, “Studio 1” (2006), reached No. 40 in the UK and went gold. The group is on hiatus. Nicole also starred in the poorly received film “Honest” (2000) and has hosted the television shows “The Hot Desk” and “Cover me Canada.”
As for her romantic life, Nicole met singer Robbie Williams in December 1997, on the set of “Top of the Pops.” They had a love affair and were subsequently engaged. According to her biography “Together,” her record label forced her to have an abortion when she was pregnant with a child from her relationship to the Take That singer. This statement has been denied by the label. In 2000, she began dating Oasis' frontman Liam Gallagher, whom she eventually married on February 14, 2008. The couple have one son, Gene Gallagher (born July 2001). On her relationship with Gallagher, she recalled, “We're pretty much married anyway and I call him husband sometimes. We come as a unit - where he goes, our son Gene and I go. Having a child together is a bigger commitment than getting married anyway but we will do it.”
Childhood and Fsmily:
Nicole Marie Appleton was born on December 7, 1974, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, to her Canadian Jewish father, Ken, and British mother Mary. She was raised in Toronto, New York City and London, and attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Westminster, London, along with her older sister Natalie. She also has two more older sisters: Lori and Lee. Nicole described herself as a nerd in school, and found difficulties to fit in. She was later wittingly given the nickname “Fronzie” to rise her coolness.
In 2000, Nicole began a relationship with the frontman of the group Oasis, Liam Gallagher. She gave birth to their son, Gene Appleton Gallagher, in July 2001. The couple eventually married on February 14, 2008.
Nicole Appleton landed various odd jobs during her youth, including as a hotel singer, waitress, bartender and lifeguard. Despite the fact that she failed at most of these, the girl did find music as the only job she could hold down and excel at.
While attending the Sylvia Young Theatre School, Nicole was introduced to Melanie Blatt, who along with Shaznay Lewis, was putting together an all girl group named All Saints. Nicole joined them as a replacement for Simone Rainford, who quit after having conflicting visions of the band's musical direction with Blatt that caused tensions in the band. Her sister, Natalie, subsequently became a fourth member of the group.
All Saint launched a self titled debut album on November 24, 1997 on London Records. The album debuted at No. 12 on the UK Albums chart before advancing to a peak of No. 2 in January 1998. It has sold over 1,500,000 units in the UK and became the third best selling album by any girl band in this country to date. “All Saints” reached No. 40 in the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album also had strong success in other countries such as Switzerland (#3), Australia (#15), New Zealand (#2), Netherlands (#10) and Canada (#10). The album yielded four No. 1 singles in the United Kingdom with “Never Ever,” “Under the Bridge”, “Lady Marmalade” and “Bootie Call,” as well as a Top 10 hits, “I Know Where It's At” (#4) and “War Of Nerves” (#7).
The second studio album “Saints & Sinners” followed on October 16, 2000. The album peaked at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and went double platinum in the country. It also made it to the Top 10 in New Zealand, Swiss and Sweden. The album featured the hit singles “Pure Shores” (#1 UK), “Black Coffee” (#1 UK ) and “All Hooked Up” (#7 UK).
Still in 2000, Nicole made her feature film acting debut in “Honest,” a British comedy directed by former Eurythmics member David A. Stewart. There she starred as Gerry Chase, opposite Natalie and Blatt as Mandy Chase and Jo Chase , respectively. “Honest” is most famous for the topless scenes by the Appleton sisters.
In early 2001, the band broke up because of raising rivalry between band members. Later that same year, on November 5, London Records released “All Hits,”the compilation album of the greatest hits of All Saints and also featured a song by Melanie Blatt and The Artful Dodger called “TwentyFourSeven.” The album reached No. 18 in the UK Albums chart and was certified gold by the BPI.
After the split, in 2002, Nicole formed a duo group with her sister Natalie called Appleton. The duo released their debut album, “Everything's Eventual,” on February 24, 2003 under Polydor Records. The album reached No. 9 on the UK Albums chart and received silver certification. The first single “Fantasy” (released on September 2, 2002) peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles chart, while the follow up single “Don't Worry” (released February 10, 2003) reaching No. 5. The third and last single “Everything Eventually” peaked at No. 38 on the UK Singles Chart. Following this release, Appleton and Polydor parted ways.
In 2006, the Appleton sisters reunited with a reformed All Saints. The band released the third studio album “Studio 1” on November 10, 2006 on Parlophone Records. The album peaked at No. 40 in the UK and No. 73 in Switzerland. The lead single “Rock Ready” peaked at No. 3 on The UK Singles Chart, while the second single “Chick Fit” failed to chart. Following this, All Saints and Parlophone Records parted ways and the group canceled their planned tour. Nicole co-wrote the track “Too Nasty” with Melanie Blatt and K-Gee. The group has since on hiatus. A second compilation album of the greatest hits called “Pure Shores: The Very Best of All Saints” was released on September 27, 2010.
Nicole hosts the British music show “The Hot Desk” with Melanie Blatt, Dave Berry and Emma Willis. The show first appeared on ITV Mobile in November 2007 and represented ITV Mobile's first made for mobile commission. It has recently been extended and, from 2008, is shown on ITV2. Nicole is the host of the Canadian reality TV talent show “Cover me Canada,” which debuted on CBC on September 18, 2011.