The Cheeky Girls recall how their career was almost wiped out

‘They spent all their money on Victoria Beckham and she flopped!’: The Cheeky Girls reveal their careers were almost wiped out when Telstar Records went bust

They recently revealed their comeback to the music scene, two decades since rising to stardom.

And while The Cheeky Girls – twin sisters Monica Taylor and Gabriela Irimia – are relishing their resurgence with new single Let’s Have Fun, there was a time their career faced great adversity.

Two years after Monica and Gabriela, 39, found fame on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, their record label Telstar Records went bust – and they believe it’s at the hands of Victoria Beckham’s ill-fated solo career. 

‘They spent everybody’s money on Victoria Beckham and she flopped’: The Cheeky Girls recalled how their career was almost wiped out as they discussed their comeback to the music scene (pictured June 2008)

Monica told The Sun: ‘They spent our money – spent everybody’s money – on Victoria Beckham and she flopped.

‘She’s a lovely person and everything, and she really tried to have a go at her solo career. But we suffered the consequences.’

The girls only discovered Telstar Record’s downfall through newspaper reports, with the label moving the rights to their discography to sister company Telstar Music for just £1.

Not only this, but the firm’s folding left the twins with a a £65,000 hotel bill, on top of charges for a rented flat and recording sessions. 

Looking back: Two years after Monica and Gabriela, 39, found fame on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, their record label Telstar Records went bust – and they believe it’s at the hands of Victoria’s ill-fated solo career (Victoria pictured April 2004)

Monica and Gabriela were studying law in their native Romania when their mother Margit Semal entered them for Popstars: The Rivals.

Margit was the lyricist for her daughters’ smash hit Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum), writing the noughties classic in just a day after producers got in touch. 

Despite Monica recalling her and Gabriela’s initial response as ‘no way’, they soon began to relate to the song and believed it was ‘made for them.’ 

Flashback: Monica and Gabriela were studying law in their native Romania when their mother Margit Semal entered them for Popstars: The Rivals (pictured November 2002)

Looking back on their audition, Monica revealed that Louis Walsh took them for transsexuals as the Irish talent show judge, 69, questioned whether they were actually girls.

She said: ‘He definitely thought we are transsexuals, because we had short hair… literally no boobs. I really didn’t like my hair, to be fair, back then. I didn’t like looking back at the pictures. It was awful for me.’

Yet Monica believes their noted uniqueness contributed to their fame.  

Back in the day: Looking back on their audition, Monica revealed that Louis Walsh took them for transsexuals as the Irish talent show judge, 69, questioned whether they were actually girls

Elsewhere in the interview, the twins explained how they resorted to boob jobs after their record label enlisted a body double for the video of their 2003 single Take Your Shoes Off.

Their slender frames meant their bodies rejected the implants and multiple follow-up surgeries were required to fix them. 

£100,000 splashed out between them, they have no regrets, with Monica admitting she is ‘so glad’ she went under the knife. 

Body image: Elsewhere in the interview, the twins explained how they resorted to boob jobs after their record label enlisted a body double for the video of their 2003 single Take Your Shoes Off

Gabriela also spoke of her former high-profile relationship with then Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, 57. 

The pair were together for two years and were set to marry before Lib Dem party bosses began to meddle.

The singer explained that her former fiancé was ‘torn’, because he wanted the relationship and to ‘do everything’ with the press, but his party meanwhile wanted to control him – and them as an ‘act.’

Gabriela also recalled a time when she was asked by the party moguls to dress more conservatively – namely in knee-length instead of mini skirts – something she remarked ‘wasn’t very Cheeky Girls’. 

Past: Gabriela also spoke of her former high-profile relationship with then Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, 57 (pictured left, while Danny Cipriani is pictured right with Monica)

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