Name Kym Marsh

Birth name Kimberley Gail Marsh

Birthday 13 June 1976

Star sign Gemini

Birthplace Whiston, Merseyside

Marriages Jack Ryder, August 2002 – March 2009. Jamie Lomas, September 2012 – January 2014

Kym Marsh was born in Whiston in 1976. She is the youngest of four siblings; before her came brothers David and Jonathan and sister Tracey.

The young hopeful swapped the ‘i’ in her name for a ‘y’ in her teens as she thought it sounded cooler for a ‘wannabe pop star’.

Kym’s mum stayed at home while her dad was out working. She shared a strong bond with her father and he encouraged her to sing from a young age.

With her heart set on a music career, Kym was bullied at school but thinks it made her more determined.

The aspiring musician started dating David Cunliffe in her teens and fell pregnant at 18. Son David was born in 1995 and daughter Emily followed in 1997.

Kym admits life was tough but things turned around when she auditioned for ITV talent show Popstars and won a place in the group Hear’Say in 2001 alongside Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Noel Sullivan.

The band had a No 1 hit with debut single Pure And Simple and their first album Popstars also topped the charts.

Kym Marsh started dating EastEnders actor Jack Ryder and left Hear’Say in 2002. She embarked on a solo career and reached No 2 in the UK charts with her 2003 single Cry but was later dropped by her record label when her third single charted at No 35.

The Wigan lass turned to acting and landed the role of Michelle Connor in Coronation Street in 2006. She scooped the Best Newcomer gong at the British Soap Awards in 2007.

In 2008 Kym and Jack announced their split and divorced the following year. Kym went public with Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas in September 2008.

The loved-up pair revealed they were expecting a baby just a few months later but sadly their son Archie died when Kym gave birth 18 weeks early in February 2009.

Kym Marsh got engaged to Jamie on Christmas Day 2009 and they welcomed daughter Polly in March 2011.

The couple tied the knot in September 2012 but the marriage ended in January 2014. Kym started dating Dan Hooper after the split.

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Kym Marsh and Dan Hooper take a selfie

Dan Hooper deletes ex-fiancee Kym Marsh from his Twitter account

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