Incredibly the former 'Voice of an Angel' singer, now 32, has been bringing her spiritual side to the Welsh mountains where she runs retreats “reconnecting women with the source of their womanhood… exploring the essence of being human and female”.
The original Crazy Chick, famed for partying hard through her late teens after hitting the big time at the age of 12, has turned her back on pop and wild parties to become a holistic healer at a women’s retreat.
The mum-of-two, who was once known for having the 'Voice of an angel, liver of a wino' is now a “proud new practitioner” at Awen Retreats.
They offer empowering workshops in a luxury manor nestled in the picturesque hills of Wales with ten acres of lawn, woodland streams and it's own private beach.
The singer has also been studying neuroscience and mental health in between home-schooling her children, Ruby, 11, and Dexter, 10.
Charlotte has teamed up with a friend to launch five-day events focusing on women’s wellbeing with activities such as yoga and gong baths – a form of meditation using the sound of gongs.
'I hate champagne – but I'll drink it'
It's a far cry from the heady days of her legendary "benders" – when a different spirit was flowing through her.
Back in 2005, she told Heat magazine she loves to “go out on the lash” adding: “I can sink ’em.”
She spelled out her intake on an average night, saying: "If I'm home, I'll start with a Cheeky Vimto – double port and a bottle of WKD Blue in the same glass.
"Once I'm out, I'll have about 10 double vodkas. Then I'm pretty much KO'd."
"But if I'm in London, the club owners give me loads of bottles of free champagne. I hate champagne. I still drink it though."
'Find your inner healer'
The former child star, who is used to performing in front of audience of thousands, will now be singing in more intimate circles.
The retreats claim to be "for women in wonderful places, with delicious veggie food, singing and sound healing, writing, qigong and a phenomenal amount of fun. I did one on my garden for my friends last year".
The retreats are for "finding the inner-healer – for the self as much as for others, and allowing the expression of emotions, feelings and sounds that can be stifled by society as unfeminine, or by ourselves as too exposing."
Prices for the breaks at Awen – a Welsh word meaning “flowing spirit” – range from £520 to £770 and one of the women helping you heal will be Charlotte herself.
On the company’s website Charlotte said: “I’m very excited to meet the women who come to this retreat.
“I’ve come to a point in my life where I feel a sense of interconnectedness and I’m eager to see how our stories and personal journeys might weave together, and I hope we will all leave the retreat with an open heart and a wider perspective so as to see what we want more clearly.”
One Instagram post invites women to: "Dance like no one is watching. Find yourself in movement, rediscover your flow, find your inner light, inner child.
"At Awen retreats our goal is to give you the time to connect to yourself, to others, to nature and simply be in the now. and fun."
Another reads: "Fancy hiding out here with us? For some soul searching, creativity, dancing, singing, breathing, movement, wonderful food and fun."
The schedule on the Awen website reveals activities including Hygge time, walk and dip, reflective journals and gong baths.
Guests are promised "mouth-watering" vegetarian food which "will relate to the day’s activities thematically and philosophically."
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Bad boy romances
But her days of gong bathing and spiritual awakening are a long way from her colourful past. So how did the classical child star turned party animal find her own path to healing?
The Cardiff-born singer first found fame in 1998, when her debut album Voice Of An Angel made her the youngest artist to score a number one in the British Classical charts.
But her angelic image began to slip thanks to two doomed romances and stories of wild parties.
At 16, Charlotte began dating DJ Steven Johnson, who later claimed it caused tension with mum Maria.
Dubbed a “bad boy” by those concerned about the relationship, rumours that he cheated on Charlotte with a model and attempted to sell stories about their sex life increased Maria’s fears.
The romance ended in 2003 and Charlotte dated Kyle Johnson for 18 months but he went on to sell intimate stories about their sex life.
In 2009, he was jailed after £10million of heroin was found at his home.
By her 18th birthday, she had amassed a reported fortune of £15 million and was already a regular drinker, as she admitted in a candid interview in 2005.
Pictures of her and her pals out on boozy nights out in Cardiff made numerous headlines and she celebrated her 19th birthday with a 72-hour bender.
But she said she actually didn’t like the taste of alcohol – admitting she only drank to get drunk.
'I had to make mistakes'
In 2005, she switched from opera to pop, releasing the album Tissues And Issues and the number two hit Crazy Chick.
The 19-year-old put her angelic image firmly behind her with a rock chick video showing her waking up worse for wear in a messed-up bed, with underwear hanging from the bedroom lamp, as well downing drinks at a party.
She later said: “But the whole point of being a teenager is to make mistakes and learn from them."
By then, she was already dating Welsh rugby played Gavin Henson and the golden couple were dubbed the “Welsh Victoria and David Beckham”.
The couple moved into mansion with 20-acre smallholding in the Vale of Glamorgan.
In 2007, aged 21, Charlotte gave birth to Ruby and 14 months later, in January 2009, to their son, Dexter.
The couple split in 2010, six weeks after announcing their engagement, but have remained amicable co-parents.
Woodland weddings and a change of direction
Charlotte quickly moved on to a new romance with bandmate Jonathan Powell who she said she “hit off with straight away."
Sadly, the couple lost a baby in June 2017, just a month after Charlotte announced she was pregnant on stage.
They tied the knot in woodland wedding behind the singer’s house a few months later.
It was Jonathan’s influence that led to Charlotte’s latest chapter of settled family life and a desire to change direction.
One friend commented: “Jonathan has been a great influence on Charlotte, she has calmed down a lot since she met him.”
Charlotte, who continued to make music with Johnny, was already looking to add to her skill set with a physics degree.
She told Hello: "It only recently dawned on me that I don't have to be a singer.
“I guess I'm lucky to have a bit of wealth behind me that I can go to university.
"I never want to stop educating myself. And I want my kids to see my career and see that it's possible to dart from one end of the spectrum to another.
“I feel like I know my own power and strengths now – if I set my mind to something, I absolutely will achieve that."
Charlotte’s journey to retreat began when she started studying ancient spiritual philosophies and mental health issues.
She began campaigning on female empowerment issue and in 2018 she was nominated for a BAFTA for her documentary for BBC Wales about the neuroscience of mental health.
Although she hasn’t released an album for eight years, Charlotte released four low key EPs between 2010 and 2014.
But it seems the mum-of-two had found a more spiritual path to tread after the crazy days of her youth.
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