She retired for the right reasons - motherhood. Now she's busy reassimilating herself back into the world of celebrity for even better reasons - "free clothes and handbags."
The 28-year-old singer's almighty revelation came when she decided being a stay-at-home mother to Ethel, two, and Marnie, 15 months, didn't suit her, and she longed for the excitement of performing again - as well as the perks of fame.
She said: "I wasn't good at staying at home all day, it didn't suit me. I'm creative, it's just who I am... I missed the positive feedback about my music from my fans. I missed the rush of performing. I missed the free clothes and handbags and the good tables in posh restaurants. I did!"
However, the Hard Out Here star - who initially retired from pop music in 2009 - admits she worried returning to work would cause strain on family life, but is grateful the support of hubby Sam Cooper has made the change easier.
Speaking to the new edition of Britain's Glamour magazine, she added: "I was really worried about working and the pressure it was going to put us under, and it's actually made him more protective, and more loving, and more caring. He's there for me. It was a tough decision to make, a scary adjustment, and for the children. But my relationship with my husband is as strong as it's ever been. It's lovely to come home to." And no doubt it's lovely for him when you get home.
As for the kiddies, she's reluctant for her them to follow in her footsteps, saying: "If you come from a dysfunctional family like I came from (hiya, Keith!), it's pretty straightforward... My parents weren't around much when I was a kid, so that's what you want for your kids, not to have that environment."