'I owe it all to my blind parents,' reveals Sugababe Jade Ewen as she plans to treat them to the best Christmas ever
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:04 PM on 23rd December 2010
After a successful first year as a Sugababe, Jade Ewen is preparing to treat her parents with the best Christmas ever.
But the singer won't be taking things easy this holiday - she'll spend the day taking care of her blind parents.
The pop star admitted she was hoping to treat her parents to Christmas dinner at her new London flat, but was dismayed to find a no dogs rule meant her father Trevor's guide dog Alma wouldn't be allowed.
Family gathering: Jade Ewen with parents Carol and Trevor Ewen at their home when Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber paid a visit ahead of her appearance on the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009
After joining Sugababes in September 2009, Ewen's 2010 has been an eventful one with her recording her first album Sweet 7, landing a role as the face and body of Miss Ultimo lingerie and living with EastEnders star boyfriend Ricky Norwood.
She tells the new issue of Reveal magazine: 'I'm going to their home instead to cook them dinner with my sister.
'I'll just be happy to be celebrating with them for all the sacrifices they've made to enable me to be a singer and achieve my dream. Everything I've asked for has happened.'
All wrapped up: Jade launching the new Miss Ultimo Santa Baby basque at Debenhams in London last week
The East Londoner has credited father and partially-sighted mother Carol with her career success, admitting their disabilities have never hampered her from achieving her dream.
As well as her joy at achieving success on a personal level, the money means she is better placed to meet her parent's needs.
Explaining her parents' conditions, Ewen said: 'My dad's completely blind and my mum was always blind in one eye.
'But then she came down with myasthenia gravis, which affects her immune system and muscles. So my sister and I became full-on carers for them because there was no one too look after my dad.
'My parents have done so much to help me with my singing that I wouldn't think of not helping them.'
On song: Jade, left, with her Sugababes bandmates Amelle Berrabah (centre) and Heidi Range (right)
Ewen is also hopeful the tide has turned following the negative criticism against her when she first replaced original Sugababe Keisha Buchanan.
She said: 'In the past few months, I have felt things have really turned around and I've been accepted.
'I can understand the fans' initial disappointment.' • The full interview with Ewen is in the special Christmas issue of Reveal magazine, on sale on Christmas Eve.