Exclusive: Nadine Coyle on comments about her accent - 'It is a bit annoying to be truthful'
It’s no surprise to hear that former Girls Alouder Nadine Coyle is a fan of cult comedy series Derry Girls.
In fact, Lisa McGee’s sitcom is based on the convent school Nadine used to attend.
“Of course I have been watching Derry Girls!” she says enthusiastically.
“Series, link and record! Everything shuts down when it is on the TV. I’m like ‘Nobody speak’.”
Coyle knows series writer McGee and is now angling for a cameo in the show.
“It’s the same type of experiences I had, the convent school, the nuns, Lisa is making it very, very funny.”
As it happens, Galway actress Nicola Coughlan, who pays Clare in the series, says she based her accent on Coyles.
Nadine’s hybrid American-Derry accent is something she’s frequently quizzed about.
Like actress Saoirse Ronan, the authenticity of her lilt is often called into question.
“It is a bit annoying to be truthful,” she says.
“It’s almost like people think it’s ok to mention the Irish accent but what if I had any type of accent? Or from any other nation?
“It would be viewed as hugely disrespectful to pick up on the accent, on something that’s different. But because you’re Irish it’s alright to point and laugh.
“It’s not something that makes her “go home and cry”, she says.
But she finds it “bizarre [because] if it was anywhere else it would be racist or whatever else”.
Of all the GA squad Nadine seems to have kept the lowest profile in recent years.
She currently lives in London with her four year old daughter Anaíya and partner Jason Bell.
And she seems to be loving domesticity.
In September, while promoting her single Go To Work, she waxed lyrical about the humble potato before discussing the sense of euphoria she reaches whenever she opens a bottle of Domestos.
"My favourite smell is bleach," she said at the time. "If I walk into the house and there's things being bleached, it just makes me feel at home, euphoric almost.”
Nadine says she loves being a mum: daughter Anaíya is starting school this year, and she has been in to visit her new principle.
“Schools are so different now to what I remember,” she says.
Nadine is happy with one child at the moment and has no plans to marry just yet.
“I have nothing against getting married. It’s a great thing. I don’t feel in any rush or need.”
At the moment she is focusing on the release of her next single Girls on Fire.
Performing and singing is what she feels most at ease doing.
I ask if a Girls Aloud reunion is on the cards. “I’m not ruling it out,” she says. “But not right now”.
It may be further down the track than any of us would like to admit given she’s not in touch with any of her former bandmates.
“I haven’t seen them but you know we worked together. I don’t know how many people you stay in contact with who you worked with five or six years ago.
“People move on. You move on with your life. But it was such a great time”.
Nadine is one of several celebrities taking part in TK Maxx’s Give Up Clothes For Good campaign in support of Enable Ireland.
Customers can donate items they no longer need in special donation bins at their local TK Maxx store.