Former Too Hot To Handle star Nicole O’Brien has revealed that she believes her appearance on the reality show has hindered her career as a musician.
Chatting to hosts Bobby Norris and Stephen Leng on the showbiz gossip programme Access All Areas, the reality star revealed that she is done with appearing on dating shows: “I don’t mind doing I’m a Celeb or Bake Off, those kinds of ones are fine. But in terms of dating shows I’m one hundred percent done. I feel that it just doesn’t work well with doing music, it’s really hard to prove yourself from being on Too Hot To Handle.”
The singer-songwriter went on to explain her reasoning behind signing up for the show: “The only reason I did it was to do music; I’ve wanted to do music my whole life and you need followers for labels to look at you, which is ridiculous and does my head in. Some of my music friends are the most talented people, but if they have two hundred followers they don’t get noticed. So I thought I’d do it the other way round, go on a show, get followers and see what happens.”
O’Brien also spoke of the challenges that come with trying to rebrand herself as a musician: “I’ve worked so hard over the past few years to try and get people to not perceive me from Too Hot To Handle, and [instead] for my music. It takes so long, even the last few days I’ve been doing talks in schools and colleges about mental health and doing little performances for them. But a lot of them are like we loved you on Too Hot To Handle, I’m like thank you so much but I’m trying to make it as a singer.”
When asked by Bobby if only being recognised for Too Hot to Handle annoyed her, the 27-year-old responded candidly: “It does now. It didn’t really a year or two ago because I thought it would go away… it is a little bit annoying, but I know what I signed up for on day one.”
Listen to the full episode of Access All Areas, also featuring Bob Voysey and Emma Walsh here.