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I would have grown up in foster care if it wasn't for my Nana - Irish model Nadia Forde

Published 14/04/2014 | 11:40

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An image from Nadia Forde's calendar
An image from Nadia Forde's calendar
An image from Nadia Forde's calendar
An image from Nadia Forde's calendar
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Nadia Forde. Picture Tony Gavin

Dublin model and singer Nadia Forde would have grown up in foster care if it wasn’t for her grandmother, she has revealed as she opened up about her childhood.

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The 24-year-old, who is set to release her first Irish single on May 3, has written a song about her mother, who she has no relationship or contact with.

“It’s never something I have gotten into much but then when you are actually writing about things... also, there’s no shame in speaking about it,” Nadia said as she told of how her and her brother Stephen were raised by their ‘Nana’.

“Basically, if it wasn’t for my Nana we would have been fostered,” she continued.

“It’s funny, my brother and I were only talking about it in the car this morning.

“What I am realising is, no matter what country you are from in the world, families come in all different shapes and sizes. You might not have a mum, but you might have a Nana and three aunties.”

For the past few months the model has been trying to break Hollywood and is set to share her story in a new three-part TV3 show called ‘Nadia Goes Hollywood’.

“There is a part of me that is excited for people to see it, being able to share what I’ve been doing, but I am really scared,” she told this week’s RTE Guide.

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The model is set to release her first Irish single

“I am not confident. I second-guess myself all the time. Tension is high at points in the series because it’s such a scary thing to do. Don’t get me wrong, I am so appreciative, but there are moments where I think I can’t do this.”

Nadia is releasing her first Irish single ‘BMP’ on May 3, her 25th birthday, and was sure that she had a creative input into her music.

“I really wanted to release something here that I had co-written because I think there’s more credibility,” she said.

“I think there are people who don’t expect me to do this, who are, like ‘why is she doing this’, and I want them to see that this is what I really do.”

Nadia’s reality TV show ‘Nadia Goes Hollywood’ is set to air on TV3, Wednesday April 23.

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