Kym Marsh reveals financial struggle during rise to fame

'It was tricky getting money together for the week'

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Kym Marsh attends the Pride of Britain Awards 2022 at Grosvenor House on October 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images)
Kym Marsh has discussed her struggles raising children on little money. (Getty Images) (Dave J Hogan via Getty Images)

Kym Marsh has opened up about the financial struggles she faced during her rise to fame.

The former pop star and Coronation Street actor has revealed that raising her children was difficult when she had little money.

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Talking to Prima Magazine, Marsh said: "They were well-clothed and fed, although they didn’t have any luxuries. Sometimes it was tricky getting money together for the week. When Emilie was a baby, my sister, Tracey, and I would sometimes go halves on a bag of nappies."

Kym Marsh as dinner lady Nicky Walters. (BBC)
Kym Marsh as dinner lady Nicky Walters in Waterloo Road. (BBC) (BBC/Wall To Wall/Rope Ladder Fiction/James Stack)

Marsh, who is set to star in the revival of Waterloo Road, added: "I’d also take the kids to Mum’s if we didn’t have enough money to top up the electric meter. Times were difficult, but we managed, and I made it work."

The former Hear'Say singer also discussed her marriage to soldier Scott Ratcliff who she wed in 2021: "As I’ve got older, it’s become clearer to me what I need from a partner and what I can give in return…Scott and I don’t have the luxury of living together full-time as he spends Monday to Friday in barracks. Every weekend he drives miles just to see me for two days."

Ratcliff is Marsh's third husband after she was previously married to fellow actors Jamie Lomas and Jack Ryder. She also has four children and two grandchildren.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Kym Marsh attends the MEN Pride of Manchester Awards 2022 at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel on May 10, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Kym Marsh is set to star in the Waterloo Road revival. (Getty Images) (Anthony Devlin via Getty Images)

Marsh was most recently seen on the twentieth season of Strictly Come Dancing where she was paired with Graziano Di Prima. She became the tenth celebrity to be eliminated from the show after losing a dance off to Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu.

She is set to star in the Waterloo Road revival alongside original stars Angela Griffin, Ryan Thomas and Katie Griffiths.

Waterloo Road premieres on BBC One and iPlayer on 3 January.

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