To celebrate Suzanne Shaw’s 40th birthday, here at Daily Star, we’re marking the special occasion by taking a look inside the Hear’Say star’s life.
From being in the hit-making band Hear’Say, to feuding with bandmate Kym Marsh and living in a luxury pad in Buckinghamshire – Suzanne’s life has been full to the brim, to say the least.
We look inside her luxurious home, her turbulent love life and her struggle with depression for 20 years.
You can see the huge transformation she has made since going vegan and living a plant based lifestyle.
Vegan weight-loss transformation
Towards the end of 2020, Suzanne Shaw unveiled her incredible body transformation, when she revealed that going vegan contributed to her reaching a size eight.
Suzanne explained that she had burst into tears after looking at herself in the mirror after becoming the “biggest I’d been without being pregnant” due to gaining weight from emotional eating and boozing.
Suzanne told her followers: “At the beginning of 2020 I wanted to change my lifestyle but not like I’d done in the past…
“Starting a new regime for it to last eight weeks max and then fall off the health wagon and then try a new type of diet or fitness regime and a few months later, fail again and turn to the blame game!
“I wanted to TRULY change it and not let myself down for the 20th year in a row!
She explained that she formed a plan, “EVERYTHING I changed and did was for my mental health…
“RUNNING, GOING ALCOHOL-FREE, PLANT-BASED DIET, MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION.
“Here are my four main components of my happy plan. For the first time ever, I stuck to my plan! I’ve completely transformed my life and I’m HAPPY again!!!
Depression battle and giving up booze
Earlier in 2021, Suzanne opened up about her decade-long battle with depression.
The former Emmerdale star told Runner’s World magazine that she gave up alcohol for a year and has since got rid of the feeling of “self-loathing” she had before.
Speaking about her mental health battle, Suzanne said: “I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for more than 18 years.
“But it was only recently that I felt ready to open up about it because I wanted things to change.”
She then explained: “For years, I had been hoping my mental health issues would just go away, but it never happened; instead, I was having more dark days.”
She said that she gave up alcohol for a year after developing an “unhealthy” relationship with it.
Suzanne added: “Along with eating rubbish and hiding away when I was anxious, I would turn to drink as a quick fix.”
Son with Darren Day
Suzanne made headlines when she got into a relationship with singing sensation Darren Day.
They had a son together after meeting on the set for the musical Summer Holiday.
They welcomed Corey in 2004, but split in 2005.
In 2018 while in the Celebrity Big Brother house, Darren spoke fondly of his ex: “We were together for a year and a half, we’ve got this beautiful boy and at the end of the day, it’s all been a happy ending.”
Hear’Say reunion rumours
Earlier this year in June (2021) Suzanne revealed that her former noughties pop group were in talks of reuniting for their 20th anniversary.
The 2001 group is Suzanne, Kym Marsh and Myleene Klass. Danny Foster and Noel Sullivan are the members.
Chatting to The Sun, she said: “I’d definitely be up for it. Life’s too short to worry about whether it’s cool!”
“The fact that there was a pandemic on our 20 year anniversary definitely meant the stars weren’t aligning for us.
“But I would love to do a one-off concert to mark our 20 years. It’s about proving to my kids that I used to be a pop star!”
She then said fondly: “No matter how close we are to our friends, our family, our partner and our kids, nobody else is going to understand what we went through and have that bond that the five of us have.”
Suzanne moved into a luxury house in Buckinghamshire before lockdown in 2020.
OK! Magazine shared an exclusive video. Suzanne shared her beautiful home with OK! Magazine and the five areas she loves most.
The pad featured a country kitchen and a garden area, as well as a place to practice yoga.
The star of the plant-based lifestyle revealed her favorite room as her kitchen.
Speaking to the magazine she said: “My country-style kitchen is where you’ll find me the most,
“It’s where all the magic happens, never mind the bedroom! If you wanted to find me anywhere in my house, it would be the kitchen.
Split from DJ Jason King
In February 2012, Suzanne split from her now-ex-husband Jason King, a DJ.
They first met when they appeared together on Britain’s Worst Celebrity Driver in December 2005.
They were together for three more years before they announced their engagement in August 2008.
They were wed in June 2009 in Christchurch (Dorset) and then split three years later.
In a joint statement, the couple said: “We had a wonderful time together and have great memories but constantly working away from each other added a lot of pressure and we have ended up growing apart.
“We are still friends and will be making sure we still have family time together for our son’s sake.”
Kym Marsh feud
Kym Marsh and Suzanne Shaw were bandmates in the group Hear’Say, but things weren’t all rosy.
Suzanne and Kym had a fight when Kym left in 2002. This was after a series if arguments with Suzanne and her bandmates Myleene Klasss and Noel Sullivan.
According to some reports, the pair rowed during their time together in the band formed by the ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals.
Suzanne confirmed in 2014 that her friendship with Kym had ended, saying: “I haven’t spoken to Kym in years. We don’t stay in contact.”
But the stars reunited at a party back in 2018, when they put their feud in the past and started anew.
The former band members who hadn’t spoken for years hugged each other in front of guests and attendees.
In 2018 The Sun reported that an onlooker said: “Suzanne couldn’t contain her emotions as she and Kym came face-to-face for the first time in years.
“She had tears in her eyes and Kym seemed genuinely touched that she was so happy to see her.”
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