By Neil McCormick. She was signed by Universal, relocated to London, and groomed for stardom. But she ended up making an album with Brian Higgins, the songwriter behind hit pop production team Xenomania.
Little girls grow up. So do teenagers. And yet it can still feel like an awful clunking mistake when an artist who sparked our attention in one guise, suddenly wants to be something altogether different.
I started playing piano but my teacher told me to burn my books as I had no musicality which was appreciated at eight years old! I went on to sing more and at around twelve I joined a band with some older boys next door. What is this change all about it seems a bit sudden even forced?
Ethnicity: Her parents' origins are in Crotone, Calabria, Italy. Gabriella Cilmi was born in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong. Of Italian-Albanian heritage,she moved to London with her family when she was 15, where she currently lives with her parents Paula and Joe and her brother Joseph.
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Gabriella Cilmi is back. With her husky, trembling voice, the Australian-Italian singer-songwriter sounds like a 21st Century noir soul queen. As if to symbolise a break with the past, she has cut off her long, flowing locks of hair.
Australian pop star Gabriella Cilmi says she won't pose for another men's magazine after her breasts were digitally enhanced in a recent sexy shoot. But Cilmi said she was disappointed with the results. So, I guess you get like a free boob job or something.
Beyonce Knowles. Gabriella Cilmi claims the sexy change to her image is down to personal choice and not because she's felt pressure to conform from her record label. The Australian singer - who posed in the video for her new single 'Woman on a Mission' in a number of revealing outfits all with the theme of outer space - says she changed her style in order to "celebrate" her best assets while still having fun.
And if these steamy photos are anything to go by, pop sensation Gabriella Cilmi was singing no word of a lie. The Australian-born star is seen here in a series of steamy poses as she sheds her innocent image for her first ever photoshoot with a men's magazine. In one she wears red lingerie, which she provocatively exposes by pulling down her white T-shirt, while in another she slips into a black bra and suspenders.