See how the Steps star has changed over time...
Claire Richards is back with her band Steps – and people couldn’t get over how good she looked!
When the newly reunited band performed their former hit single Tragedy on Saturday Night Takeaway recently, viewers flooded Twitter with comments praising her hard-fought weight loss.
One comment read: ‘@_ClaireRichards you look so comfortable with yourself. congratulations on your weight loss. I hope to stop yo-yoing too #inspiring’
Another posted: ‘Wow @_ClaireRichards looks absolutely smoking hot! Always my favourite and wowsers she is looking fantastic xxxx’
A third proclaimed: ‘To be fair- you have to take your hat off to Claire from steps who is looking awesome! #steps #SaturdayNightTakeaway‘
The former CBB star has gone through a bit of a body transformation over the years.
In the early days of her fame with pop band Steps, Claire sported a lean and athletic look. And during the group’s quest to dominate the charts, she showed off her taut frame at every opportunity.
But by 2004, the singer’s size appeared to have increased, and she was spotted hiding her fuller figure under a heavy coat for a launch event in London.
She gained pounds naturally ahead of the birth of her first child in 2007, but seemed to snap back into shape by 2009.
Another baby followed in 2011, and after that Claire struggled to retain her pre-pregnancy body.
After stepping out in a few ensembles that showed off her larger frame in 2012 and 2013 – including a polka dot midi and the sparkly LBD she wore to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house – Claire made a real effort to change her shape.
And by April 2014 her hard work was starting to pay off, when she visited ITV Studios rocking a seriously svelte figure.
In June 2014, she revealed the reason behind her dramatic weight loss.
She said: ‘This time there is a personal reason [for my weight loss] and it is something extremely personal to me but my Reece – my husband Reece and I – we decided that we want to try for another baby and me being overweight was causing us a lot of problems so I went to see the doctor and he advised that I lose weight.’
By February 2015 Claire appeared looking very slender and revealed over the summer that she was determined to keep her new figure.
And, judging from the smokin’ look she’s sporting as part of Steps’ comeback, it looks as though she’s managed to do just that!
Click through our pictures to see how Claire has transformed her shape over the years…