Is Charlotte struggling with her weight again?


Last updated at 14:41 14 August 2006

She has just been voted the third most beautiful person in the world. But as Charlotte Church performed at the Ascot racecourses she was clearly having an off day.

The singer, who has always been upfront about her yo-yo weight said recently she was planning to go on a diet after Channel 4 commissioned a chat show with her.

Miss Church, 20, said the extra pounds that being on television added onto her weight meant that she was finally going to have give into the critics and go on a diet.

'I'd like to get down to my fighting weight of size 8,' she said. 'There is a lot of pressure on me to be slimmer. I get insecure like everyone else does.'

However while performing at the Shergar Cup party she admitted that she was a 'lazy cow' as it was her first musical appearance in months. It also appeared that she had not yet started the diet.

While she will probably be mortified by this unfortunate picture, which appeared to show her with an extra two chins, there was some comfort for her yesterday.

Online pollsters voted her third in the Dare To Be Bare Awards for the most beautiful celebrities in the world, just behind Sophia Loren and George Clooney. Her high position meant she beat the likes of fellow Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta Jones, as well as Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Miss Church has previously blamed her rugby player boyfriend Gavin Henson for making her put weight on, saying he always encouraged her to eat more.

'We're always going out to eat and that's where Gavin's really great great,' she said. 'Lots of my friends say, "My boyfriend has a go when I eat chocolate." But because Gavin eats so much he's always saying: "Get it down you." He's so cool.'

Miss Church's Channel 4 show is set to appear in the Autumn after a controversial pilot, which showed her dressing up as a drug-taking nun sticking chewing gum on a statue of the child Jesus.

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