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Violet (3) tells me to shut up so she can sing, reveals Imelda May


Imelda May

Imelda May

Imelda May and family

Imelda May and family


Imelda May

She might be just three-years-old, but singer Imelda May has revealed her daughter Violet looks set to follow in her musical footsteps.

The quirky songstress ( 41) is one of the country's most popular musicians, but she says her little girl is keen to steal the limelight for her and even tells Imelda to stop singing.

"She tells me not to sing, that she wants to. She's great," she said.

Along with her singing talent, the toddler is a chip off the old block in more ways than one.

"She's more like me [than husband Darrel]. Apparently she is exactly how I was. She would give anything a try," Imelda explained.

"She takes a while to warm to people. You have to prove yourself and she takes her time to decide if she wants to talk to you or not. But I like that."

The rockabilly star is set to return with the second season of her RTE music programme The Imelda May Show later this week.

Despite making a move into broadcasting, the Dublin native insisted she's happier making music.

The Liberties star revealed she has even turned down the offer to judge a TV talent show.

"I haven't any notions of being a TV presenter. It's not something I want to do. I have been asked to do various things over the years which I wasn't interested in, you know, like competitions," she said.

"I don't want to sit and judge anyone."

While she prefers being on stage than in front of the camera, Imelda explained she took the presenting job so she could help other established artists with the show.

"I don't want to be a TV personality, I am quite happy being a musician. However, I have to put my money where my mouth is because often I would harp on in interviews about needing a proper music show in Ireland," she said.

"It's all well and good having song competitions but there should be something for bands and people who are already established.

"So when it came up, I didn't say 'no I don't want to do it' because there needs to be a show like this."

Speaking to the RTE Guide, Imelda opened up about her family life growing up about and said her parents inspired her to follow her musical dreams.

"[My parents] used to tell me I could do whatever I wanted to do, if I put my mind to it. But they would be practical as well," she said.