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Alesha Dixon: “The biggest risk brought the biggest pay-off”

Posted On: 27 Mar 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

I was quite rebellious at 16 years old, and very sociable. I did like my clubbing. But I think when you're 16 you tend to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, there's so much pressure to succeed. So I was also worried about my GCSEs and what path I was going to take. Fortunately for me I always had quite a clear vision and even though I'm not doing now what I thought I should be doing - becoming a PE teacher - I was always one of these individuals that had a plan. So I was an interesting mix between somebody who was a bit of a rebel, but also quite sensible and focused on making sure that I carved out a career for myself.
Lots of people describe my childhood as tough [her father moved away when she was four, and her mother suffered domestic violence from a subsequent partner]. But I have great memories of being in a very loving household, with great friends and great family. But like lots of human beings I had challenging times and, of course, everything you go through shapes who you are. So I...

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