New Kelle interview! Apr 10, 2007 12:39:42 GMT
Post by Admin on Apr 10, 2007 12:39:42 GMT
CELIBATE GOOD TIMES
Singer Kelle Bryan explains how religion is helping her wait for Mr Right, not Mr Right Now
By Annie Brown
FORMER Eternal star Kelle Bryan claims the bitchy religious sisters in the band almost put her off becoming a Christian.
Kelle, 32, was in Dundee at the weekend as a special guest of local churches to celebrate Easter.
When she was a contestant on Celebrity Love Island, Kelle spoke openly about being a Christian and how she had made a pledge to stay celibate until Mr Right comes along.
But she said she was turned off religion amid the bitterness of her relationship with fellow band members Vernie and Easther Bennett.
"It turned me away from God because they were Christians and I saw how they were and how they treated people. I thought 'I don't want anything to do with religion if that's what it's about,'" she said.
When Louise Redknapp left the band Kelle claims she was frozen out by the sisters and in 1998 she was fired by fax.
Eternal had just enjoyed a No.1 single and sold millions of albums that included hits such as Stay and Just a Step from Heaven. But it was only when Kelle was about to appear on Love Island with former Boyzone star and Easther's ex, Shane Lynch, that bridges were built.
Shane married singer Easther Bennett at the height of his Boyzone fame in 1998, just as relations hit rock bottom in Eternal.
But their marriage ended less than two years later with the couple blaming the pressures of fame and their frantic schedules.
Kelle said: "I felt I should speak to her before going on the island as soon as I found out Shane was going on. I thought she had a right to know. She toldme she really appreciated that."
There was no apology but Kelle feels Easther was sorry for the way she had been treated.
She said: "Even though the words weren't spoken I feel her sense of remorse in general. We've healed alot of wounds."
Kelle has always remained close friends with Louise but still hasn't spoken to Vernie.
She didn't find love on the island, finishing runner-up in the reality show with Strictly Come Dancing's Brendan Cole, but is now planning a joint TV project with Shane in the summer.
They are both Christians and share the same agent.
The 32-year-old hasn't always been celibate and admits to having her wild child days. She didn't do drugs but she was smoking at 12 and had sex as a teenager.
And despite her views, she has worn plenty of skimpy clothes in her time.
On Sunday Kelle celebrated Easter with the non-denominational charity, Dundee For Christ.
She talked about her decision to stay celibate.
Kelle said: "That's not to say everyone should be celibate. It's just what I want for me."
But it hasn't always been easy as a pretty girl in the glamorous world of showbusiness and she has to make her position clear.
"Men know what they are going to get with me, that it's just not going to happen until I get married," she said.
But she knows that in many ways guys are sometimes drawn to her because they now see it as a challenge to bed her.
"You do get the odd guy who tries it on because they think they are the one to break down my resolve.
"They think, 'She just hasn't had the right one.'"
There is still no sign of the 'right one' despite her spell on Love Island.
Kelle said: "I flew all the way to Fiji.
It couldn't have been more orchestrated and I still couldn't find Mr Right."
Finding one that doesn't like her just because she has been on TV also proves tricky.
She said: "You sometimes don't know why they want to know you. It is not always easy." Kelle became a Christian at 21 when a friend took her to church.
She said: "I just knew it was right. I didn't care what anyone else said or thought. It was about finding my own way and that's what people have to do.
"In some ways it would be easier to be a Muslim because everyone accepts that and knows they have lines they will draw.
"For me it's harder. This industry doesn't always understand it."
Kelle now even credits her faith for helping her fight the diagnosis of the condition Lupus.
The illness causes the body to attack its own cells and tissues, leading to inflammation, pain and possible organ damage.
Now fit and well, she has been spending the last few weeks on a Christian tour.
Kelle said: "It's challenged me. I was nervous because you just don't know what people are going to be like.
"But being out and about, I realise Love Island wasn't such a small deal. It had a big effect on me and my family but on other people as well."
Kelle said she has inspired other people to hold off for the right person before having sex.
The UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the world and although she knows some people will take the mickey, she hopes she has made young women respect sex a little more.
"A lot of youngsters have said to me the fact I was on camera on Love Island saying I was celibate helped them.
"One girl said she was at the critical stage of making a decision on whether to wait with her boyfriend and it inspired her to stay strong."
Kelle has friends in Scotland and is a regular visitor from her home in London. She said: "I am a real Londonite and turn in to an excitable tourist when Iam here. I love it, it's a beautiful country."
'You get the odd guy who tries it on because they think they are the one to break down my resolve. They just think, 'She hasn't had the right one."