Kimberley Walsh Slams Louis Walsh In Book
Girls Aloud star says 'disappearing' manager created a shambles...
The pop star has opened up about the band's disappointment with Louis' performance after they won Popstars: The Rivals back in 2002.
She was writing in her autobiography - which is being serialised in The Sun - and said: "He has since admitted to me he didn’t know what to do with five girls and that he was a bit scared of us, but I'm not sure that's the whole truth.
"Louis has just never really been a hands-on type of manager, and back then we suffered because of it.
"Whatever the case, his disappearing act meant we had nobody looking after us and nobody fighting our corner as far as record company decisions went."
And she expanded on the effect that she says the lack of supervision had on the group.
"In those days we had no one planning our day-to-day diaries and no one keeping us in line and organised — and very quickly it became a mess.
"There seemed to be lots of hanging about and not knowing what was going on, and the main reason was that Louis seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth.
"Still, we motored on with recording our debut album. We followed that with roadshows and gigs at clubs and universities. The problem with the gigs was that we had no guidance from Louis whatsoever.
"Nobody organised hair or make-up, costumes, styling or anything like that, so consequently we looked absolutely horrendous most of the time.
"There we were, this fabulous new girl group with two top-three singles under our belt, turning up in T-shirts, jeans and trainers, or whatever we happened to be wearing.
"Sometimes we'd step out on stage looking like a complete hotchpotch of unco-ordinated horror."
And the Strictly Come Dancing runner-up hit back at claims from Louis that he had been put off by the girls' feuding.
"He said we never got on and were obsessed with who was the skinniest and going out with footballers. That would be almost funny if it wasn't such an embarrassing LIE.
"He knew nothing about us because he was never there."
The Sun quotes Louis as responding: "Kimberley who... ? Wait until my book comes out!"
Kimberley Walsh's A Whole Lot Of History is published by Hachette on 26 September.