Michelle Heaton is formerly and maybe best known for her time in the Pop Band Liberty X, with whom she had 7 top 10 singles. After the group went their separate ways, Michelle appeared on various TV shows, including Celebrity Big Brother, and she then met future husband Hugh Hanley in 2008.That meeting was to change Michelle’s life in more ways than one.
The couple are now proud parents to Faith, 5 and AJ, 3. Michelle is a full time mum, with her work commitments arranged around her family. Husband Hugh works for Virgin Active, and it was this mutual interest in fitness that kicked off Michelle’s healthy regime. Michelle decided to send herself back to college to qualify as a personal trainer and a certified nutritionist in 2009. She also later qualified as an expert in pre and post pregnancy fitness, whilst pregnant with her first child and later released the only DVD on the market to cover all three trimesters separately. She says ‘with Faith I struggled to get fit again after the birth, so with my second child AJ I decided to keep fit throughout the 9 months, hoping it would be easier afterwards. I knew that the things I could do in the first 3 months would be very different to what I could safely achieve in the last trimester of my pregnancy, so the idea of the DVD was born as it were!’
During all of this busy time for Michelle, she also fought a personal battle quite publicly. She is well documented to have the BRACA2 gene and underwent preventative surgery to reduce her risk of both breast and ovarian cancer, which run in her family.
As a recent Disney Mum of the year Michelle often works with the company across PR for the parks, channels and the brand – something that obviously delights her children no end!
Suzanne Shaw is an actress, singer and TV presenter. Her big break came in 2001 when she auditioned for the ITV show Popstars, and subsequently won a place in the newly-formed pop band, Hear’say. The group’s debut single was the fastest selling non-charitable record in UK chart history, selling over 1.3 million copies. They went on to have 2 number one records and 4 top 10 hits. When the band split in 2003, Suzanne returned to her roots and has gone on to carve a hugely successful career in musical theatre, plays and television. In 2008 Suzanne won series 3 of ITV’s hit show Dancing On Ice. Due to her success on the show she was asked back to compete in the ninth and final series Allstars: Dancing On Ice. Suzanne also competed in three National Arena Tours of the show. Suzanne’s numerous presenting credits include being a regular panelist on Loose Women and a part of the regular This Morning competition team. Suzanne is thrilled to have become an ambassador for Hope for Children, a charity that helps give education, health and empowerment to families in poverty around the world.
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