The cast of Celebrity Gogglebox has some new members, with former Spice Girl Mel C and her brother Paul joining the Channel 4 show tonight (Friday June 4th).
In addition to Chris Eubank and his family, Rylan Clark-Neal and his mother Sir Tom Jones and the singer Anne-Marie, Mel takes her place in her living room with half-brother Paul O’Neill.
But how did Mel get famous, who is her brother and do they have other siblings?
How did Celebrity Gogglebox star Mel C get famous and part of the Spice Girls?
Born Melanie Chisholm, the future star was born in Whiston, Lancashire in 1974.
As an only child, her parents separated in 1978 and her mother remarried with other children, including brother Paul.
After studying dance, singing and acting at Doreen Bird College of the Performing Arts in London, she saw an advertisement in The Stage newspaper.
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The ad was run by Chris and Bob Herbert and received over 400 applicants.
Auditioning in 1994 and Mel was selected alongside Mel B, Victoria Adams (later Beckham), and Geri Halliwell. Emma Bunton also joined the new group.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Who is Mel C’s brother and what is Paul famous for?
Mel appears next to half-brother Paul O’Neill in the Celebrity Gogglebox tonight.
Paul, now 41, became interested in motorsport after seeing Nigel Mansell win the Formula 1 World Championship in 1987.
He began fulfilling his racing dreams by attending Jim Russell Racing School while he was in high school.
Paul has competed in the British Touring Car Championship several times and is now a motorsport instructor at Oulton Park Circuit in Cheshire.
He has also made a number of television appearances, including Top Gear and ITV4’s coverage of the BTCC.
Last night he showed up with Mel on The One Show (Thursday June 3rd) to audition her performance on Gogglebox and Mel said she was afraid Paul might divulge too many of her secrets!
Do Mel and Paul have other siblings?
Mel has been known to remain silent about her family and personal life.
Since both of Mel’s parents remarried and had more children, Mel has more siblings.
Mel has two paternal half-brothers, Liam and Declan, and brothers Jarrod and Stuart.
She also has a half-sister, Emma, from her father’s first marriage.
Is Mel C single and does she have a child?
Mel is currently in a relationship with her manager Joe Marshall.
They’ve reportedly been together since 2015.
However, Mel is also the mother of 12-year-old daughter Scarlett, whom she had during a previous relationship with Thomas Starr.
In a recent issue of Desert Island Discs, Mel revealed that it was Scarlett who encouraged her to stand up for herself more.
“I make big decisions,” she says. “It was hard to leave her father, but I wasn’t happy, and she wasn’t happy, and it wasn’t the environment my child was supposed to grow up in.
“Scarlett made me braver.
“It made me stand up for myself more. I couldn’t have done that without the strength I got from her. “
How much is Mel C worth?
After her stellar career with the Spice Girls and a successful solo career that will see a world tour if it’s safe, Mel’s net worth is said to be £ 20 million.
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She has also appeared in musicals and TV shows such as Asia’s Got Talent and The Voice Kids in the UK.
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