By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Alesha Dixon has spoken about how 2006 was her worst year, while sharing the reason why she quit Mis-Teeq, how she lost a record deal and how she found out that ex-husband, Harvey was cheating on her.
According to her, she “hit rock bottom” after all three incidents happened at once.
While speaking with Apple Music’s Dotty for Black History Month Dixon said “I’d split with the girls, then in October 2006 I had no money, my marriage had ended. I had no record deal.
“I had to hit rock bottom… that was the making of me.”
When asked about dropping out of the record label shortly after signing Victoria Beckham in 2005 due to bankruptcy, she said “Our record label in the UK went bust. A lot of people blamed Victoria Beckham at the time because they were an independent label… and they’d spent a fortune signing her.
“We’re in America, we’d started working on a third album – but that was the point when I decided I wanted to leave the group.”
“I knew if I signed that deal, I’d be tied into the group for several more years. I thought, “Here’s a clean out. Here’s a way out without me having to fight. I can just walk away.”
“I genuinely needed time out. It was a really intense eight years of my life, and it changed my life. Had I been happy – because to me well-being is more important – I would have stayed.”
One year after quitting the record label, Dixon got married to singer Javine Hylton, with whom he has a child. Barely 12 months into their marriage, Hylton cheated on her.
“I sat there and I thought, “All these years, everything that I’ve worked for. Why have I nearly lost everything? What’s happening?”, Dixon said while still commenting on the incidents.
“I felt like at the time, there was a lot of changes going on and a lot of things shifting and moving, and a lot of clearing out that had to be done in order for me to move on to the next level, next stage of my life.”
Dixon rose to fame in the early 2000s as a member of the R&B, garage, and hip hop trio Mis-Teeq.
The group disbanded in 2005 and Dixon then pursued a music career as a solo artist, signing a recording contract with Polydor Records.
She recorded her debut solo studio album, Fired Up (2005), releasing her debut single “Lipstick”, followed by “Knockdown”, after which her popularity as a singer m declined and she subsequently dropped from Polydor.