Pixie Lott talks about her upcoming wedding and finding an Essex countryside home
PUBLISHED: 15:46 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:31 17 May 2018
She may not be one for looking too far into the future, but following the stunning success of her young music career, Pixie Lott is now searching for her marital home - and an Essex village is her firm favourite
Platinum selling pop star, prime time presenter and bride to be, Pixie Lott, found global fame from the age of 15 with a string of hit singles. 12 years on, her popularity continues to soar after she enjoyed a successful stint on the West End stage last year, but the star has always stayed close to her Brentwood roots.
The chart topper is currently planning a country wedding to long term partner, model Oliver Cheshire, and the pair are searching south Essex villages for an idyllic marital home.
Fully recovered from her knee injury incurred at New Year while skiing in Val d’lsere, Pixie is in a fantastic place both personally and professionally, having released feelgood track Won’t Forget You late last year and mentoring The Voice Kids’ winner, Jess Folley, also from Essex.
Christened Victoria Louise Lott, her quirky stage name is what her mother began calling her as a newborn and it stuck. Still just 27, Pixie is currently working on her fourth album and reveals why it’s good to be back where she feels she belongs, in the studio.
“Music will always be my number one passion – I love it. I love performing to big crowds, that’s my favourite, performing live. I enjoy learning other things, like playing Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s and obviously doing The Voice Kids, but music will always be my number one,” says Pixie with a smile.
“It’s been really fun to work on some upbeat dance tunes and play in places like Ibiza. I have been in the studio with some really talented songwriters and producers.”
Hit ITV show The Voice Kids is back for a second series in July with Pixie on the judging panel alongside producer will.i.am and singer Danny Jones.
“It’s so much fun, I really love working with Danny and Will. I can’t wait to see what the series has in store for us – hopefully another talented teenager like Jess, who I coached. This time the whole series will be screened each night for one week.”
Perks of fame mean far more than trendy events and red carpet treatment for the young singer. Instead she uses her profile to raise thousands for charity, often away from the cameras. Important visits include a trip to inspire pupils at an East End primary school in Poplar late last year.
The singer took time to work with them on resilience-themed poetry, the visit organised by the West Ham United Foundation. Pixie is also patron of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) following the death of a family friend from an undiagnosed heart condition at 17, and works with Rays of Sunshine, a charity which grants wishes to sick children.
In March Pixie performed at a ball for Alzheimers Research UK in Braintree, prioritising this over a potential gig in Singapore, and she also fronts countless fundraising events.
An excellent role model for likeminded local children, Pixie has also helped run a stage school since 2015 in Chelmsford, Pixie Lott’s Italia Conti Associate School.
“It’s really important to me to help young kids coming through in this industry,” explains Pixie. “The students are aged from three to 18 plus. I love watching them all develop. It’s been such fun meeting kids like me when I started out.”
The school also allows quality time with her family. “We’re very close, and my mum and sister work hard on the school. Two of our girls recently got scholarships to the main school in London full time, which is how I got into the business. Whenever I’m not working on a Saturday, I pop down.”
If she has a free window, the keen West Ham United fan also likes to take in a match and is looking forward to catching England’s fixtures at this year’s World Cup.
“Last year I went to the London Stadium when West Ham played Everton and performed mine and Anton Powers single Baby at half time. I wish I had more time to watch more home matches. I loved growing up in Brentwood.
“My parents and most of my family are still there, so I am always back and forth. I go back as much as I can and I still stay at my parents a lot.”
With her 20s so successfully career focused, does Pixie see her 30s as the right time for combining music with motherhood?
“That would be nice. I never really plan anything, but that does sound good, yes. Me and Ollie are getting married either this September or next summer. We’ll definitely marry before starting a family. I definitely want a wedding in the country, possibly Essex, and one abroad.”
While undecided on a venue, Pixie certainly hasn’t forgotten what her home county has to offer.
“I have a few places that I love – Frinton on Sea and Walton on the Naze are my favourite beaches. Dedham is a beautiful village on the River Stour that I love to visit, and eat at Le Talbooth. I also love Alec’s Restaurant in Navestock for special occasions.
“My regular bar and restaurant where my family and I always go for just a drink or amazing home-cooked food is Lot 75 in Shenfield.
“At Christmas we rented a barn for four nights in Great Totham. Ollie and I have been house-hunting for a few years now, but it’s hard to find something that ticks all the boxes.”
Having achieved so much way before her 30th birthday, is it strange to be a jet set city girl embarking on a new chapter as a country wife?
“It’s crazy, I never thought that would be the case,” laughs Pixie. “We’re going to spend a bit of time working in the States this year, as there are lots of producers I love doing writing sessions with out there, so to have a base near my family and know it’s always there will feel nice.
“I’d never even heard of Hatfield Peverel until my sister moved there, but now I’ve really got to know the area and we’re looking around Wickham Bishops.”
In today’s cut throat world of social media, Pixie is adamant that sheer determination is key to staying on top, and you’d never catch her complaining about the daily juggling act that is her diary.
“My schedule can be hard, but it’s what keeps it exciting,” she explains with a beaming smile. “I would say to never give up.
“There will be many knock backs along the way, but learn from each one and come back stronger.”
Find out more
For more details about Pixie Lott’s Italia Conti Associate School, visit pixielottitaliaconti.co.uk