Sarah Harding says she was ''destined'' to be a star.

The former Girls Aloud singer was always ''an attention seeker'' growing up, although she has her shy moments.

She told the Sunday Mirror newspaper's Notebook magazine: ''[My fame] was always destined to be.

''I've always been a drama queen and an attention seeker, but then when I get too much attention I want to shrivel away and hide.''

The 32-year-old star admitted while she doesn't obsess over her appearance when she's at home ''in the countryside'', it was a different story with she was in London.

She said: ''Where I live in the countryside I don't get bothered, I can stroll around in my s******t clothes with no make-up, but when I lived in London there were photographers on my doorstep and I'd be like, 'What am I going to wear today, I'll get slated if I don't wear something cool?'

''Just to get a bottle of milk!''

Despite her hectic life, Sarah also insisted she has been able to stay grounded, but she has had to learn to not let her showbiz lifestyle affect her too much.

She added: ''I'm normal in an abnormal world. And when it gets to me I become a bit highly strung. I've had to develop a thick skin.''