BUCKS Fizz star Cheryl Baker has announced that she is currently living on £ 950 a month.
66-year-old Cheryl, who won Eurovision with Bucks Fizz in 1981, previously stayed afloat by touring with bandmates Mike Nolan and Jay Ashton as a break-away group called The Fizz.
Cheryl Baker – real name Rita Stroud – found out about her money problems due to the pandemicPhoto credit: Oliver Dixon – The Sun
But when live performances screeched to a halt thanks to the pandemic, Cheryl The Sun announced that she had reached out to her pension to pay her mortgage.
She said, “I started paying into pensions when I was 21 but had to cash in all but one for one reason or another.
“So I’m getting a government pension of £ 700 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 were sensible with their money or have downsized. “
Cheryl grows her own vegetables and lives on her pension to keep costs downPhoto credit: Oliver Dixon – The Sun
Cheryl was open about her situation – and even revealed that her co-star Dancing On Ice once offered her moneyPhoto credit: Oliver Dixon – The Sun
In the 1980s Cheryl was part of Bucks Fizz, which won Eurovision in 1981Photo credit: Rex Features
The singer also confessed she’s got to pay a huge tax bill – and is now growing her own vegetables in her Kent home to keep costs down.
Sometimes it was so difficult for bandmates, co-stars, and fans to offer financial support.
She shared, “Mike [Ashton] called me and said, “I’m getting on the train. Pick me up at the train station, I’ll bring cash for you.
“My Dancing On Ice skating partner Dan Whiston called and offered to send money.
Bucks Fizz appeared as a foursome in 2015, although Bobby G left the group, leaving the remaining members behind as “The Fizz”.Photo credit: Rex Features
Cheryl occasionally talks about life as part of The Fizz on ITV’s Loose WomenPhoto credit: Rex Features
Cheryl was torn apart once on an episode of the 2018 showPhoto credit: Rex Features
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“A fan in Australia called and said, ‘Cheryl is penniless, we have to start a collection’.”
It’s difficult to know what the future will look like for Cheryl – with appearances for March 2021 now being postponed to 2022.
“Everything has been canceled or postponed, and now some of the dates that were postponed to earlier this year have been postponed again. I was just told that a gig scheduled for March 6th of this year will be in 2022. “
Cheryl is unable to start work as a delivery driver due to Covid concerns and is now charging fans a reasonable £ 30 for private video messaging on the CelebVM app.
She added, “I could be a delivery driver, but I don’t want to endanger my health by working somewhere.”