For Kimberly Wyatt, balance on the dance floor has always come easy, but the former Pussycat Doll and Got To Dance judge confesses that finding balance in life has taken her 31 years to get right.
She launched on to the music scene as one-fifth of the Pussycat Dolls, which although she says it’s a time she looks back on fondly, the fast-paced, appearance-obsessed industry left her feeling “replaceable”.
“It’s taken many years to shed my Pussycat identity that I’d become so familiar with,” she says.
“I just wanted to be the captain of my own destiny, I didn’t want to have to rely on other people.”
Now, in her fourth series on Sky 1’s Got To Dance, with her new single Derriere out, a cosmetic range launching soon, her own management company and model boyfriend of one year Max Rogers, she says she feels settled and fulfilled for the first time.
Originally from Missouri, Wyatt has called the UK home for the past nine months, fondly saying her eyes have been opened to the culture and the people.
“I feel like I’m at home here more than I do anywhere else in the world.”
Of course, she admits it “might have something to do with” British model Rogers, 30, as well.
“He’s the greatest man,” she says. “It’s the chemistry that we share, great conversation, I find his views quite fascinating.
“And having a gorgeous man that makes me feel sexy does wonders.”
The couple met in September 2011 at Clothes Show Live in Birmingham. And she’s made no secret of the fact that she’d like to marry.
“I’d like to presume this is The One. I guess every girl can dream.”
It’s obvious he’s played a big role in helping the former Pussycat Doll find the balance her life has always been missing.
“I’m a dreamer and he’s a logical thinker, so through the conversations and connections we have, he makes me feel a bit more of reality and not drifting off into the stars,” Wyatt says.
“And he does make me laugh.”
Her own beauty range, Beautiful Movements Cosmetics, will be available in the next few months. But Wyatt’s real passion seems to lie in helping other dancers forge careers in their own rights, and she’s starting her own management company to do just that.
“With management, I want it to be a selfless thing. Obviously, I have to pay the bills but I want it to be about helping people forge their own paths, even if it means not making a lot of money.”