Chris Hastings and Alun Rees
22:03, 7 April 2012
23:50, 7 April 2012
Revelations: Lady Catherine Anna Brudenell-Bruce, is the daughter of the Earl of Cardigan and appeared on the show under her stage name Bo Bruce
The aristocrat who triumphed on last night’s edition of The Voice spent years battling an addiction to drugs and drink – and is currently dividing her time between the show and the hospital bedside of her very ill mother.
Lady Catherine Anna Brudenell-Bruce, 27 – the daughter of the Earl of Cardigan – who appeared on the hit BBC1 show under her stage name Bo Bruce, has revealed how her life was a ‘spiralling mess of drugs and alcohol’.
Bo, whose ancestor led the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854, says on her website that she managed to turn her life around only after undergoing extensive rehab in ‘a warren of treatment centres and psychiatric hospitals’.
And although viewers were told that Bo was an aristocrat, they heard nothing else about her colourful and often traumatic past.
Last night, through a BBC publicist, Bo revealed to The Mail on Sunday that her mother Ros – the Earl’s first wife – is fighting pancreatic cancer. Bo divides her time between the show and a London hospital.
An old school friend who was with Bo at the exclusive Marlborough College said: ‘Her mother is battling a very serious condition and Bo spends a lot of time at her bedside. She’s had to juggle between this chance to make her name and the need to be with her mother.
Ros is a fantastic woman who wants the best for Bo and is encouraging her to leave the hospital and rehearse.’
Although close to her mother, Bo is estranged from her father David Brudenell-Bruce, 59, the Earl of Cardigan. The pair have not spoken for seven years and the feud has even affected their health.
At one stage Bo was receiving treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in a clinic in Arizona. Her father is reported to have suffered from depression and the pair are said to have clashed during a family therapy session.
Scroll down to watch a video of her performance
Performance: On last night’s show, she performed a version of Without You by David Guetta and Usher and was put through to the next round by the judges
Hopeful: Her father last night said they had not yet repaired their relationship but he hoped in time they would
Although the Earl is believed to be
keen on a reconciliation, his daughter has ruled out any chance of a
reunion. A source to close her said: ‘Bo has made it clear she doesn’t
want anything to do with him.’
a member of one of Britain’s wealthiest families, Bo was born into a
world of privilege. Kate Middleton was a fellow pupil at Marlborough
and last year her cousin, model Florence Brudenell-Bruce, was linked to
was asked to leave Marlborough because of discipline issues and shortly
afterwards left the family estate in Wiltshire. It was after this she
seems to have experienced drink and drugs problems.
‘Dysfunctional’: The Earl of Cardigan with his second wife Joanne, outside the family pile in Wiltshire
She describes herself as the product of ‘an eccentric and painfully dysfunctional family’.
On last night’s show, she performed a version of Without You by David Guetta and Usher and was put through to the next round by the judges.
Her father last night said they had not yet repaired their relationship but he hoped in time they would.
He said: ‘I knew she was going to appear on The Voice so I’ve watched every show with keen anticipation. I’m rooting for her and I hope it will open doors for her. She has a fabulous voice.’