Who is Franke Bridge?
Frankie Bridge is a singer and presenter who rose to fame as a member of the girl group, The Saturdays.
Born in Upminster, London on 14 January 1989 to Kevin and Viv Sandford, Frankie found her passion for performing at a young age and began taking dance lessons from the age of three at her local Community centre. Frankie went on to audition for Colins Performing Arts school after watching her future bandmate Rochelle Humes perform at the opening event.
Frankie's rise to fame
Frankie shot to fame at the tender age of 12 when she joined S Club Juniors. Having studied dance in her after-school hours, and then enrolled at a stage school in nearby Romford to study musical arts, Frankie's dedication paid off in 2001 when she was picked to join the young pop group, who amassed six Top 10 hits over the next four years.
In 2005, they went their separate ways; but it was just the beginning for Frankie and her S Club Juniors bandmate Rochelle Humes. Both girls went on to audition for a brand new girl group in 2007, and were delighted to learn they had been chosen alongside Una Healy, Mollie King and Vanessa White to form The Saturdays. By 2013, the girls had twelve top ten hits, including their first number one single What About Us, and three smash albums.
She has since gone on to carve out a successful presenting career, regularly appearing as a panelist on ITV's Loose Women. She also competed in the 21st series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, finishing in third place.
Frankie's husband and family
In late 2011, Frankie struck up a romance with footballer Wayne Bridge. The former England player was very supportive of Frankie when she suffered from depression and anxiety in the early stages of their relationship in 2011. She told HELLO!: "It was a lot for him to take on that early in our relationship, but he really made the effort to learn what was going on, stayed in touch with my doctors and tried to understand as best he could. I couldn't ask for more."
In July 2014, the couple tied the knot in front of family and friends. They exchanged vows at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire and the reception was held in a marquee that had been erected in the grounds of the picturesque country estate. They share two children together, sons Parker and Carter.
Frankie's mental health struggle
Frankie has been very open about her mental health struggles over the years. In 2012, she revealed she had been battling depression after being hospitalised at the age of 21 following a mental breakdown. She was widely praised for speaking out and went on to become the ambassador for charity Mind.