She’s the bubbly pop star who’s never without a smile on her face.
But life wasn’t always so happy for Jamelia after the Loose Women panelist bravely opened up about her past experiences with domestic abuse.
Speaking on the show yesterday, the 33-year-old revealed the shocking truth behind her public persona ten-years ago.
She explained: “It is very difficult to say aloud.
“You also have to understand that this was whilst I was enjoying a career and I would be on Top Of The Pops one minute and then I would be going home and getting punched in the face.
“I am sorry if that’s a bit shocking but that was my reality.”
“There are many women who have that reality who have this public life, this public performance and how embarrassing is it, I’m an intelligent, strong woman and I know right from wrong.”
Jamelia admitted that she needed to tell her story so that women who are currently in a similar position that she was could understand there is a way out.
“You can come to terms with it and forgive but the scars will always remain,” she said.
“For me, the best thing I could ever have done was to share my story – the best thing I could do was let other women know that they are not alone because that’s exactly how I felt.
“I felt as if no-one would understand, no-one would get it. I couldn’t tell anyone, I felt so embarrassed.”
Jamelia also explained that her hit song ‘Thank You’ was a form of therapy for her after getting out of the abusive relationship.
She said: “It wasn’t until I released my song ‘Thank You’, which I wrote purely for myself – it was purely a therapeutic experience for me.
“After releasing the song and getting hundreds and hundreds of letters – from women and people affected by domestic abuse – that was the first time that I felt, ‘This is not only me, I’m not the only person in this situation’.
“What alarmed me more than anything was the amount of people that had. If I had known I would have reached out for help earlier, and is it not better for me to be open and talk about it to allow other people to know that they are not on their own?”