`I’ve finally accepted who I am`

London: Nicola Roberts, once a shy member of ‘Girls Aloud’, seems to be coming out of her shell as a feisty and ferociously ambitious babe.

Previously, she was the baby of the group, the reluctant star, often painted as the shy, slightly sulky redhead. But today Roberts is a confident, tough-talking sex kitten and fast becoming a style icon.

The low self-esteem that once tormented her has been banished and a gutsy young woman is starting to emerge.

"I was so insecure, but you’ve got to accept who you are," News of the World quoted her as saying.

"It’s been brilliant to have a break from the band," she said.

"I’m so proud of what everyone has achieved and it’s nice for us to see each other succeeding on our own."

And it seems she isn’t comfortable with getting older.

"I’m really struggling with the getting older thing. I’m 25 this year and it’s freaking me out," she said.


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