It’s hard to believe that nineties soul icon Gabrielle will be turning 50 next year.
The Dreams singer said she “can’t wait” to hit the milestone birthday as she is “loving life” as she takes on the charts once more after taking a musical hiatus in recent years.
The chart-topping songstress caught up with Daily Star Online about her new music as well as revealing all about her famous eye patch.
Gabrielle (Lousie Gabrielle Bobb) initially divulged how she is feeling “very rock and roll” at the moment after performing a series of packed-out gigs in Birmingham.
“Honey, do you really think I’d come here and not give you Dreams?!”
It’s perhaps no wonder that Gabrielle still has such a cult following, considering she has smashed out hit after hit in the past.
From debut single Dreams which reached number one in the UK singles charts in 1993, to gaining a second number one with Rise in 2001 and then wowing once more with Bridget Jones Diary track Out of Reach that same year.
She is releasing a new album Under My Skin which she describes as “Classic Gabrielle”, after candidly admitting that she tried her hand at the Country and Indie genres in the past but it wasn’t received well by fans.
She said: “I will be returning to my roots and people have already tweeted me telling me how much they like it so it just feels amazing.”
With candour on the menu, Gabrielle also lifted the lid on her signature eye patch, which she wears on account of an eye condition.
“Honey, if I go out of the house without my eye patch it would be like not wearing any knickers for me!
“You know what I mean, but that’s my personal choice.”
“When I was younger, I used to get – not bullied, but, I used to go to an all girls’ school so I’m a woman’s woman and yet you’d find that hard to believe that even as much as I intend on being a woman’s woman, I was surrounded by a lot of witches and bitches.”
She added: “And it’s funny how girls can be their own worst enemy.”
Gabrielle then insisted that the comments from “mean girls didn’t deter” her.
She said: “I had to put up with comments about my eye, but it didn’t break me, it made me strong.”
“And the fact that I had the cheek in these girls’ eyes to think that I could be a singer, and turning attention to the problem that people used to make my life hell, I felt empowered.”
Gabrielle also divulged how her mum tried to deter her from rocking the eye patch but she refused to listen.
“I didn’t care, I felt strong. I had this short haircut, I had this eye patch, I was feeling myself!” she laughed.
She also revealed that she had bought the eye patch from one of the local fancy dress shops for a few pounds so was surprised at how much of a fashion statement it became.
She joked: “£2.99 saved my life!”
The Hackney-native will be performing a number of shows in and around the country including Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol and London.
As well as performing tracks off her new album, Gabrielle revealed she will be playing all of her classic hits too, after joking “the crowd would kill me” if she didn’t.
She added that she performed a show the other night and one of her fans demanded Dreams.
Gabrielle joked: “I was like ‘Honey, do you really think I’d come here and not give you Dreams?!”
(And this is why we love Gabrielle!)
Gabrielle will also be supporting eighties icon Rick Astley on his stadium tour around the UK.
To find out more, visit: gabrielle.co.uk