BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: Wales  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Monday, 11 November, 2002, 10:26 GMT
Church sacks mother as manager
Charlotte Church
Charlotte Church is to tour North America next month
Teenage singing star Charlotte Church has sacked her mother as her manager.

Multi-millionaire Church, 16, has told her record label Sony she no longer wants her mother Maria, 37, involved in her career.

The split between the singer from Cardiff and her mother comes after months of family arguments over Church's boyfriend of nine months, student and part-time DJ Steven Johnson, 18.


We do not wish to speak about Charlotte's personal business

Spokesman for Charlotte Church
Last week when it was revealed she had paid for Johnson and his father to go on holiday to Los Angeles.

It was also reported that Church had left the family's luxury home and moved in with Johnson in his terraced-house in the old docks area of Cardiff.

Previously, the young singer has been accompanied by her mother and other family members when she has undertaken engagements including singing for the Pope and President Clinton.

The star's mother and stepfather James, 38, will be left at the family's 500,000 Cardiff home when Church begins a solo tour of America next month.

The soprano is to mount a 15 date tour of North America and Canada, supported by 'Sound of Music' stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

However, a spokesman for Church - who is said to be worth 15m after four years in the world spotlight - refused to comment on the singer's decision to sack her mother as manager.

He said: "We do not wish to speak about Charlotte's personal business."

Charlotte Church
Charlotte Church is worth an estimated 15m

Mrs Church gave up her job as a housing officer to take over the management of Church's career after agent Jonathan Shalit was sacked two years ago.

Mr Shalit, who steered Church's early career after she was ' discovered' on a TV talent programme, was given a 2m out-of-court settlement after he threatened legal action

"Because Maria is a forceful character and makes her presence known, it was assumed she was her manager.

"A mother should always be the most important person in a child's life.

"This is a family drama repeated throughout the world, teenagers rebelling against their parents. Charlotte's spat with her parents is nothing more than that.

"The upside of Charlotte's life is so fantastic.

"The family have openly admitted that they row a lot, but a rowing family can be a loving family."

The singer's fortune is now managed by her company Charlotte Church Ltd with her mother and stepfather both listed as directors.

Church became the youngest-ever artist to top the classical music chart when her debut album, Voice of an Angel was released in November 1998.

It went on to sell 600,000 copies in the UK.

'Strong-willed'

Church decided to concentrate solely on her singing career after leaving the independent Howells School in Llandaff in August where she gained seven A grades at GCSE, including in music.

A friend of the Church family said: "Charlotte's always been strong-willed. She doesn't want her mother controlling her career.

"She has her own plans and would prefer it that any career decisions were taken between herself and Sony and not her mother.

"Anyone who knows Charlotte and Maria knows they're both strong characters - there's often a clash."

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
BBC Wales' Laura Jones
"Rumour has it Charlotte is going through some typical teenage troubles"

More from south east Wales
See also:

22 Aug 02 | Education
22 Aug 02 | Wales
30 Jul 02 | Entertainment
14 Jun 02 | Wales
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Wales stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Wales stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes