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Imelda May insists she's no diva – and still washes ALL her band's clothes


RTE’s new star Imelda May may be raking in the money – but she still does her band’s washing.

The Rockabilly singer said she is “just normal” and hasn’t changed since finding fame – going to work to make sure there’s “bread and milk in the house.”

And the 40-year-old – who broke ratings records with her Irish version of Later… With Jools Holland – claimed she’s “no saint”.

She said: “I have good days, bad days and PMT days when I want to kill everyone who looks at me. I’m just the same as anyone else.

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“I fight with [my husband] Darrel for not bring out the bins, I go to work, I do the best that I can to keep my baby happy and to make sure we have bread and milk in the house.

“While there are some glamorous days with this job we still come back from tour with a bag of washing and are scrambling to the machine.

“People must think I finish a show and go backstage to get a massage or something. But actually we’re looking to see if there’s a washing machine in the venue so the band have clean clothes.

“I did a show recently and the band were on stage wondering where I was because they’d started to play and I wasn’t out yet, I was backstage putting on a wash!”


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Last week Goss.ie told how around 350,000 people watched the Imelda May Show each weekend – but Imelda told Irish Country Magazine it’s so tough.

“I was nervous, it’s not my comfort zone. But hopefully that will pass. I want it to be relaxed and casual so we have no autocue and there’s nobody talking into my ear, which is unusual,” she said.

“People will be able to relax more because they know that I’m winging it too. I just want to make music but I’m very passionate about the great bands we have in this country.”