Duff luck lads she's gone solo
Published: 08 Mar 2008
The sexy songstress will complete the double tomorrow when debut album Rockferry joins single Mercy at the top of the chart.
And I can reveal the soulful star has always been a popular young lady. She has told how she was forced to go it alone as she was fed up of fleeing attention from male bandmates and producers.
Duffy said: “I was collaborating with a lot of people.
“But every band I got into it was like I had a boyfriend. Every producer wanted to marry me or wanted to be in a duet.
“I was always running away from something. So I thought, just sing and stay away from the politics. And then I was discovered.”
That was certainly a wise move. Her brilliant debut album is set to shift around 180,000 copies in a week.
That can be enough to get you a No1 in the States and it is heading towards the top five fastest-selling UK debuts. On Thursday she celebrated with a mesmerising performance at Bush Hall, West London.
The biggest cheer of the night was for the enchanting Stepping Stone, a future smash hit.
And Duffy revealed a secret heartache behind the track — it is directly aimed at a mystery man from her past.
The Welsh singer said the song has some “revenge in it”, adding: “I wrote it about when I fell in love for the first and only time. “But I didn’t have the balls to tell him. He still doesn’t know this is about him.”
She also revealed she once wanted to be a top swimmer, excelling as a kid.
She said: “Then I was picked on in the pool because I was upgraded to the big team with the big boys.
“People started taking the mick out of me because I had a childlike body and could swim really well.
“I got out of the pool, said ‘sod swimming’ and ploughed all my attention into singing.”
Duffy is a lovely girl and I’m pleased that she had the last laugh.
She’s taken to this pop star lark like a Duff to water.