It was at this time that Roberts was in the midst of several problems, including the death of her manager and leaving home.The most problematic, though, was the constant media criticism of her image, in which critics labelled her "unattractive".
Their debut single "Sound of the Underground" topped the UK Singles chart.
This success helped them win the competition and they were later entered in Guinness World Records as the most successful reality television music-group.
At the time of her birth, her father was working for the RAF and the resulting pay led to financial struggles which saw her father move to work for Ford Motor Company whilst her mother became a photographer to help the family monetary problems.
Academically, Roberts performed well, leaving with ten GCSEs, but she declared her dislike of school and began discussing a musical career which led her to work with several girl groups recording demo tracks in several cases.
The group enjoyed 20 consecutive top ten singles, spawning five albums and positive critical responses.