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Pop princess Duffy laments the single life

Apr 11 2009 By Amy Willis, Western Mail

SOUL singer Duffy may be a bestseller in the charts but time spent winning music awards has put a strain on her love life.

The Grammy-winning songstress has admitted that she has not had enough time to find a boyfriend.

The 24-year-old singer from Nefyn, in North Wales, is planning to take a few months off and is hoping to find love.

And she has said she is not ruling out using a dating agency.

Duffy, whose real name is Aimee Ann Duffy, said: “I’m stone cold single at the moment and it’s not much fun.

“I’ve been travelling and working so much over the last few years that I haven’t had time to sleep, never mind find a boyfriend.

“At the moment all I have is my two cats for company. I sound like a right old woman, don’t I?”

Duffy, who is the first Welsh female to achieve a number one pop single in the past 25 years, has a history of unlucky relationships.

Her award-winning song Mercy, which topped the UK chart for five weeks, was based on her heartbreak over first love – music producer Mark Durston, leaving her wary of romantic ties.

But she said: “I’ve got a couple of months off work now, so once I’ve caught up with some sleep I’m going to spend some time looking for a new man.”

And she said she may use internet dating websites to find a man because of the demands of her hectic singing career.

Jayne Williamson, who runs the South Wales branch of the Premier Connections dating agency in Bridgend, said she would be happy to take Duffy as a client.

Mrs Williamson met her own husband online and will attend two weddings this year of clients who met through her dating site.

She said: “We have a number of clients who are musicians. It must be difficult for somebody who has achieved so much at such a young age.

“It must affect her expectations and make it more difficult to find someone to trust who doesn’t just want to be with you for your money.

“I wish her the best of luck and I hope she finds someone she likes soon.”

Duffy was born in Nefyn, but moved to Pembrokeshire when she was 10 after her parents divorced. But six years later she returned to North Wales to study for her A-levels at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, in Pwllheli.

Duffy made her first television appearance in 2003, after auditioning for the S4C singing competition, the Waw Ffactor.

But her career really took off after meeting Jeanette Lee, part-owner of Rough Trade Records.

Duffy spent the next four years making her debut album Rockferry with ex-Suede guitarist player Bernard Butler and his old partner David McAlmont.

By November 2007 she signed a major record deal and appeared on Later With Jools Holland. When her album was released in March last year it went straight to number one.

Rockferry went platinum after selling more than one million copies in the UK in 2008 and more than five million copies worldwide.

Duffy won three Brit awards in February this year for Best British Female Singer, Best Breakthrough Act and Best Album categories.

Her debut single Mercy also won a Mojo Song Of The Year award after spending 35 weeks in the charts.

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