BUCKS Fizz star Cheryl Baker has revealed she’s currently living on just £950 a month.
Cheryl, 66, who won Eurovision in 1981 with Bucks Fizz, previously kept herself afloat by touring with bandmates Mike Nolan and Jay Ashton as a break-away group called The Fizz.
But as live gigs came to a screeching halt thanks to the pandemic, Cheryl revealed to The Sun that she has turned to her pension to pay her mortgage.
She said: “I started paying into pensions when I was 21 but, for one reason or another, had to cash in all but one.
“So I get a £700 state pension a month plus £250 from my private one, which is great.
“At 66 I still have a mortgage. I don’t suppose there are many people my age who still have one, they’ve been sensible with their money or downsized.”
The singer also confessed that she’s due to pay a large tax bill – and now grows her own veggies at her home in Kent to keep costs down.
At times, things have been so tough that bandmates, co-stars and fans have offered monetary support.
She shared: “Mike [Ashton] rang me and said, ‘I’m coming down on the train. Pick me up at the station, I’m bringing cash for you’.
“My skating partner from Dancing On Ice, Dan Whiston, called and offered to send money.
“A fan in Australia put a call out, saying ‘Cheryl’s destitute, we need to start a collection’.”
It’s difficult to know what the future will hold for Cheryl – with gigs due for March 2021 now pushed back for 2022.
“Everything was cancelled or postponed and now some of the dates that were postponed to the beginning of this year have been put back again. I’ve just been told one gig, set for March 6 this year, will be in 2022.”
And unable to pick up work as a delivery driver due to Covid concerns, Cheryl now charges fans a reasonable £30 for private video messages on the CelebVM app.
She added: “I could be a delivery person but I don’t want to risk my health by working somewhere.”
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