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Kim Wilde

SHE STORMED INTO THE CHARTS IN THE 1980S BUT STEPPED AWAY FOR 30 YEARS. NOW, SHE’S BACK — AND CLAIMS TO BE INSPIRED BY A STRANGE ENCOUNTER WITH ALIENS

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BURSTING INTO THE CHARTS in 1981 with her first single Kids in America, Kim Wilde — the daughter of Fifties rock-and-roll star Marty — proved to be much more than a one-hit wonder, going on to deliver some of the Eighties’ biggest sellers (Chequered Love, You Came, and a cover of The Supremes’ You Keep Me Hangin’ On) with sauciness and sexiness to spare.

Kim took that Supremes cover to the top of the American charts. She toured with Michael Jackson and David Bowie, but the hits began to dry up and around her 30th birthday she had a breakdown — burned out by a rollercoaster schedule and desperate to settle down and have children. Then she met Hal Fowler when they co-starred in the musical Tommy. They married and started a family, and she reinvented herself as a celebrity gardener.

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