Ashley Allyn Roberts (born September 14, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality, best known as a former member of the modern burlesque group and dance ensemble The Pussycat Dolls. She departed from the band in February 2010, in order to pursue a solo singing and acting career but also, due to the overemphasis on the band's main singer, Nicole Scherzinger.
Roberts was a contestant in the British reality television show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! on its twelfth series in 2012, finishing as runner-up to Charlie Brooks, in one of the closest ever reality show finales where she received 49.44% against 50.56% of the final vote. Despite not winning, she proved to be a popular public figure during her time on the show and would later set up her reality television career, especially in the United Kingdom.
Roberts released her first official solo track, "Yesterday" in November 2012. Right after her appearance on I'm a Celebrity..., she started to record her debut solo album which will be released in Summer 2014 Her official debut single Clockwork was announced by Roberts on Twitter and was released on May 25, 2014.
Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Shadow Mountain High School. She is of Welsh descent. began dancing at the age of three and singing at eight. Her father was a drummer who played for The Mamas & the Papas, later becoming an auto dealer. Her mother was a Pilates instructor and they both inspired her to be a part of the entertainment industry. Her hair was brunette during her teenage years, as shown in Aaron Carter's "Oh Aaron" and "Not Too Young, Not Too Old" music video.
Yes, I have left the Pussycat Dolls. I love you all sooo much!!! I am so grateful to have the love and support of all of you. It was an amazing ride and I learned so much! You all mean the world to me and I'm excited to take you all on a new adventure. An adventure full of creativity, inspiration, learning, growing and lots of fun."
On her official blog, she stated that she would work on a number of different projects. She is working on her acting, and she will be a host on Maxim Does Spring Break on E!. She has also shot a pilot for MTV with Aubrey O'Day of Danity Kane, Marques Houston, and singer/songwriter Amanda Ghost. She appeared on 90210 in the episode of "Into the Wild" which aired on Monday 5 November she played a stripper teacher. Apart from her acting projects she has launched her first line of lingerie designed for the beach in Sydney, Australia.
2010–present: I'm a Celebrity..., Dancing on Ice, Saturday Night Takeaway and Butterfly Effect
Roberts announced that she is in the studio and recording songs for her own music. In 2010, Roberts released her first solo song, a cover of "A Summer Place". The song was released on iTunes on September 28. Roberts also made an appearance in ex-bandmate Kimberly Wyatt's music video for the single, "Stars in Your Eyes". On June 14, 2012, she made a cameo appearance in a Bobby Newberry's music video for his debut single "Dirrty Up", alongside ex-bandmate Melody Thornton. On October 10, 2012, Roberts released a preview of a cover version of Bobby Newberry's "All In A Day", which was produced By The Invaders. The full version was released at the end of October. On November 5, 2012, Roberts announced that her first official solo single would be called "Yesterday" and would be released that week.
Later in 2013, it was reported that Roberts began a relationship with Welsh TV presenter Matt Johnson. However, a Reveal article stated that Roberts "insists she is still single".
On 31 March 2014, Roberts announced and confirmed "Clockwork" as her new single which will be released on May 25, 2014. A second single and debut solo album are to follow in late summer. Roberts' album was recorded Metropolis in Chiswick, London. She performed "Clockwork" on This Morning on 27 May 2014.
In June 2014, Roberts announced her debut album, entitled Butterfly Effect, to be released September 1, 2014. preceded by new single "Woman Up".