Her mother used to write notes to her school, explaining her absences for auditions by saying she'd been for a dental appointment. Rochelle Humes' teachers probably have an inkling now that there was nothing wrong with her teeth. The pop beauty is one fifth of The Saturdays, the hit band that took over where Girls Aloud and the Spice Girls left off.
With an effervescent personality and a marriage to her very own pop prince – genetically blessed Marvin Humes
– Rochelle is one of the most popular 'Sats'.
Of Norwegian and Sierra Leonean descent, she was born Rochelle Eulah Eileen Wiseman on 21 March 1989 in Barking, East London.
Her mother Roz raised her alone – a topic the songstress has never broached, except to tell HELLO!
simply: "My dad has never been around."
In 2001, one of the auditions for which she missed school paid off. Rochelle, then 12, was picked to join pop group S Club Juniors during a reality show. Over the next four years, the youngsters had six Top 10 hits.
Of that early brush with fame, Roz explained: "To keep Rochelle normal I try not to get so excited about things because when it ends, it'll make it harder to deal with things."
When it did end in 2005, this sensible approach helped her daughter through the lean years. She modelled and entered a Miss England contest, finishing third before being called up to try out for a new girl group.
Rochelle was excited to find out that her former S Club colleague Frankie Sandford was also in the running. The pair were thrilled when they got through alongside Una Healy
, Mollie King
and Vanessa White
, forming The Saturdays.
By 2013, Britain's sweethearts had racked up twelve top ten hits. If This Is Love
, their debut single peaked at number eight. It came from the girls' 2008 album Chasing Lights
, which went platinum.
This was followed in quick succession by Wordshaker
and On Your Radar
Amid the excitement, Rochelle began seeing JLS heartthrob Marvin, a friend since their teens. 'Marvel', as her Saturdays sister Mollie cheekily dubbed them, was born in 2010.
A brief split served only to highlight their compatibility – "That time apart showed me without a shadow of a doubt that Rochelle was the woman I wanted to be with for the rest of my life because I was so miserable without her", he said in a HELLO!
On a New Year's Eve holiday to the Maldives, Marvin popped the question with a dazzling heart-shaped diamond ring, made to his specification.
There was only one location that the couple had in mind for the wedding.
"Early in our relationship Marvin and I went for day out at Blenheim Palace and I thought then what an amazing place it would to get married," said Rochelle, of Winston Churchill's Oxfordshire birthplace. "As you drive up, the sight of it takes your breath away. It has got so much history."
The guest list at the nuptials in 2012 read like a Top Ten chart list. Wishing them well were X Factor
judge Tulisa Contostavlos, as well as singers Olly Murs, Pixie Lott, Alexandra Burke, Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts and several members of One Direction.
By November that year the newlyweds were expecting their first child. Rochelle told fans it was "the best early Christmas present we could have asked for".