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‘It was like he was saying I was enjoying the attention I was getting and he was happy to go along with it because he wanted my single to do well. My mum was dying and I did have a connection with him, and he definitely did with me, but he wouldn’t own up to it.‘I felt humiliated when he seemed to be saying, “It was all made up for her career.” I thought, “What sort of human could do that when someone’s mum’s dying? ”’Bo, 29, is very resilient, though, having made it through a tumultuous childhood living ‘in the middle of a forest’ on a sprawling 4,500 acre estate in Wiltshire in a draughty old house that was falling to pieces.Her father, David Brudenell-Bruce, the Earl of Cardigan, still lives there with his second wife and their baby girl Lady Sophie.“I felt humiliated when he seemed to be saying, ‘It was all made up for her career.’ I thought, ‘What sort of human could do that when someone’s mum is dying? It was revealed this week that Bo has obtained a restraining order against her estranged father after he threatened to give “untrue tasty dirt” about her to a newspaper during a long-running family feud.According to court reports the Earl told her he was co-operating with a tabloid newspaper and taunted her by asking whether he should tell reporters about “the little scorpion that I have as a daughter”.However now she has revealed that there was a “thing for sure”: “My mum was dying and there was a spark between us.After the live shows – before Mum died – we hung out once or twice and we snogged. He wasn’t my boyfriend but possibly, in another world, there might have been something.’ Bo, real name Lady Catherine Anna Brudenell-Bruce, is no longer on speaking terms with The Script frontman, who she labelled a “w****r”.My best friend, who’s had a baby, has made me the godmother. Bo says her mum always told her to hold her head high and act with dignity.
The Script frontman mentored Bo during last year’s series, with their steamy duet during the grand final prompting suggestions the pair’s relationship was more than just professional. There was so much rumour and pressure on us, it was mad.’ But Danny has now said the rumours were ‘false’ – and also dismissed other rumours their relationship had inspired her new album.
‘I’ve been through all that Voice s**t but it’s given me an experience I’m going to hone.
The music is better and I feel more in control of life. ‘I’d like to think if we bumped into each other...’ The sentence trails off.
’ Bo was asked in interview after interview as she signed a record deal and released her debut album Before I Sleep. After the live shows – before Mum died – we hung out once or twice and we snogged. [Danny had separated from his Lithuanian model girlfriend Irma Mali.] He wasn’t my boyfriend but possibly, in another world, there might have been something.’So why the w-word? We’re here because she’s about to release her new single with dance-music producer Chicane – her first since her relationship with Mercury Records fell apart last year. I hit the floor and had to go to Arizona [to a treatment centre that had helped her with her drug problems].’ She knew the label was unhappy with her, but it was still a shock to be dropped.
‘He just said some s**t in the papers and I was hurt,’ she says. I don’t think I wrote, “W****r”, but something like, “Not cool, buddy.”’Bo last saw Danny, 34, on last year’s series of The Voice when she returned to do ‘a bloody awful medley’. ‘We didn’t cross paths until we were on camera then they edited it so there was a whole bit of us looking at each other.’ She rolls her eyes. I wasn’t thinking straight.’Her mum, Ros, who separated from Bo’s father nine years ago, died a month after the show ended. ‘After The Voice, after mum’s death, I wrote and released the album, did all the interviews. ‘It’s a bit like in a relationship where you think, “How come I didn’t get to dump you first?