Stacey Solomon makes a surprise homecoming visit to Havering College
Students were left star struck when they had a surprise visit from Queen of the Jungle and singing sensation Stacey Solomon.
Stacey dropped returned to Havering College of Further and Higher Education to film a television documentary last Friday.
Performing arts student, Eden Bishop-Jones said: “Having Stacey Solomon come into our class and listen to us sing was great.
“I loved every minute of it.”
Stacey, who was studying for a National Diploma in Performing arts course when she shot to fame on X Factor in 2009, was reunited with her former performing arts and dance tutors, Sandra Broxton and Elaine O’Connor and stepped back into the studio to join a musical theatre class.
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The television presenter, who is due to release her debut album later this year is fronting a documentary for the BBC on teenager post natal depression.
She returned to the Ardleigh Green Campus with a film crew to talk about the support and encouragement staff gave her when she discovered she was pregnant at 17.
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Stacey, who is a mum to four-year-old Zarchary and new baby Leighton, four months, described how she had always wanted to be a performer and was “so excited” when she started a performing arts course at Havering College.
She spoke of her initial sadness about having a baby and fearing she wouldn’t be able to have a career.
She said: “But when I told them at college, they were really good about it.”
Although the singing and dancing elements of her course were ruled out for health and safety reasons during her pregnancy, Stacey continued with the written parts of her course.
After Zachary was born, Stacey came back to the college, while her son was cared for in the Stepping Stones Day Nursery while she was in classs.
Stacey said: “I felt like I was achieving something and getting somewhere.
“I was determined to get a good education.”