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Divorced Cerys returns to Wales
Cerys Matthews at her wedding
Matthews was married at Trevine where her parents live in 2003
Singer Cerys Matthews has returned to live in Wales after divorcing her American music producer husband, she has revealed in an interview.

The former Catatonia frontwoman is looking to settle with her two children near her family home in Pembrokeshire after five years in Tennessee.

Matthews, 38, told a newspaper her marriage was over, while promoting her first all-Welsh language recording.

"I was always going to come back," the singer told the Independent on Sunday.

"The pull for me was my children and the freedom they have here," she said.

Born in Cardiff and raised in Swansea her family has lived in rural Pembrokeshire for more than a decade.

Her parents own a farmhouse near Trevine and it was there Matthews and her former husband Seth Riddle married in 2003.

Since then she has divided her time between America and west Wales.

But on the eve of the launch of her mini-album, Awyren = Aeroplane, the singer said she would be living full time in Pembrokeshire from now on.

Cerys Matthews
I would have stayed, but I didn't feel ready for my children to not have the same background as me
Cerys Matthews

Asked when her husband was going to arrive, she said: "Well... I am now divorced. I've not done an interview about it. What am I meant to say?"

She added: "I was always going to come back. It's a long way from Pembrokeshire to Nashville. The pull for me was my children and the freedom they have here.

"In Nashville I was always an immigrant with two young children. I really did love it, I was at home there as an adult.

"I would have stayed, but I didn't feel ready for my children to not have the same background as me.

"This place also feels a long way from everything. I like that, for children. I don't want to rush them into growing old. I want to protect their wildness and innocence and safety as long as I can."

'I'm A Celebrity'

To support her new album, released by the Cardiff-based independent label My Kung Fu, Matthews will embark on a six date tour of Wales at the start of next month.

She admitted a mini-album entirely in Welsh may not have the commercial appeal of her previous solo outings or her hits with Catatonia such as Road Rage and International Velvet.

But she told the newspaper: "I did it for the love of the language, and the sounds of the language."

She also played down reports she had been lined up to appear in the next series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!

"Everyone asks me this," she said.

"It's not a fact. I'm not on the blinking 'dancing with the stars' thing and they said I was going to be on there as well."

SEE ALSO
Cerys makes festival return
17 Jul 04 |  Wales
Singer Cerys has baby girl
12 Aug 03 |  South West Wales

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