Thirteen years ago, her booming voice and giant grin exploded on our screens, the darling of reality TV when the concept was in its infancy.
Ricki-Lee Coulter, then just a teenager, had a voice beyond her years and the platform to launch a career. So, she did. Over a decade on, and Coulter is still singing and still in our charts, just recently releasing her new single, Not Too Late.
Her adult life has been defined by fame, fortune and talent. Her childhood was one punctuated by addiction.
In an interview with Thinkergirl: The Podcast, Coulter said growing up with parents who were addicts had a distinctive influence on the person she grew to be.
“I don’t have an addictive personality, so I sat back watching… my parents partying all the time and I grew up knowing that feeling of resentment and watching them thinking, you’re an embarrassment. And I hate what you’re doing and I hate the way you’re acting and I hate the way that you forget about me when this is happening.”
“And I remember all those feelings, they were so strong when I was growing up.
“I had a real issue – in my late teenage years when I was really becoming a woman and coming into myself – with the way they were living their life.”