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Hart recounts tragic tale

entertainment Updated: Feb 28, 2010 02:15 IST

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British jazz-pop singer Victoria Hart has opened up about how she signed a 1.5 million pound record deal and then ended up becoming a stripper. Hart, who’d been working as a singing waitress in London restaurant

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, had become an overnight sensation after performing for actors George Clooney and Brad Pitt at the Cannes Film Festival.

She signed a record deal and sang alongside some of the world’s top artists. But it was not so, as after signing the deal, she was dumped by her record label, left broke, homeless, thousands of pounds in debt and heartbroken after her long-term love left her.

“I had nothing left... things seemed to be getting worse and worse,”

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quoted her as recalling. Hart turned to stripping to repay her debts and get her life back on track. “Going to the club that first night was so scary,” she recalls. “I got the train out of London and my hands were sweating — I felt so sick.”

But now, she’s “happy to start again from the beginning.” “I’m only 21 so there’s plenty of time to do it properly now, my way,” she said.