Pussycat Dolls’ Ashley Roberts was rushed to hospital over brain aneurysm fears at height of band’s fame


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Ashley Roberts celebrating the launch of Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at The Old Truman Brewery, by Exhibition Hub and Fever on August 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Fever)
Ashley Roberts was burned out from the hectic schedule (Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images for Fever)

Ashley Roberts has revealed she was once rushed to hospital amid fears she had a brain aneurysm due to her intense schedule at the height of her fame in the Pussycat Dolls. 

The singer, 40, revealed that her body was ‘shutting down’ due to overworking herself, leading to her contracting viral arthritis. 

She told The Sun: ‘The thing was, being in a girl band, we make people a lot of money so there was, the schedule was outrageous. 

‘I’m not going to lie, by the end I was breaking down. I was in the hospital. They thought I was having a brain aneurysm.’

Ashley believes her symptoms were down to working so hard, with her worrying while in hospital that she needed to get on a plane to head to another show in Germany from London. 

She added: ‘As I was walking to get the MRI because they thought I was having a brain aneurysm, my knee locked up and I got this viral arthritis so I couldn’t bend my knee.’


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The Pussycat Dolls toured the world for eight years together (Picture: Nicky Johnston/Comic Relief/Getty Images)

Doctors told Ashley that she needed to rest as the hectic routine was making her unwell. 

The Pussycat Dolls consisted of Ashley, Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Melody Thornton and the band had a string of hits including Buttons, Don’t Cha and Jai Ho between 2003 to 2010.

The group reunited in 2019 with plans to tour, but Nicole announced that the shows would be cancelled due to Covid-19 fears. 

Ashley, who has since carved out a career as a radio presenter, admitted that she felt lost without the band after they split the first time around, after having toured for eight years together.

She revealed she sat with a guru to help find her own identity after the band ended and to reignite her passion for the arts after feeling ‘burned out’. 

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