Former HEAR'SAY star KYM MARSH says she felt forced to quit the manufactured band after industry executives prevented her from seeing her two young children.

The solo singer walked out of the band - who won the British POPSTARS talent show - last January (02) amid speculation that she could not get on with bandmate Myleene Klass. But now Kym, who married British TV actor Jack Ryder last year, says she left because she was being kept away from her children.

Kym's debut solo single CRY is released on Monday (07APR03), and she admits, "It's quite difficult and, for legal reasons, I can't say too much. But basically I was being kept away from my children. They were supposed to be with me from the moment I left the POPSTARS house, but for one reason or another they were kept away from me.

"In the end I had to make a decision between fighting for my children or dedicating myself to a future with the band."