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24 March 2022, 10:57
Leona Lewis is one of the finest talents to have ever been discovered on TV talent shows.
Since winning The X Factor in 2006, she has become one of the most popular and successful stars of the past 15 years.
Here are the biggest facts about the singer that every fan should know:
Leona was born on April 3, 1985.
She celebrated her 36th birthday in 2021.
She was born in Islington, London, to a Welsh mother, Maria, and a father of Guyanese descent, Aural Josiah.
She also has an older half-brother, Bradley, and a younger brother, Kyle.
Leona has been with partner Dennis Jauch since 2010.
German choreographer and entrepreneur Dennis previously worked as a backing dancer on Leona's UK tour.
In March 2022, Leona announced that she was pregnant with her first child.
She confirmed the happy news with a stunning photograph on her Twitter and Instagram accounts.
She captioned the post: "Can’t wait to meet you in the Summer ❤️"
Her parents enrolled her at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, and later at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, the Ravenscourt Theatre School and the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.
She attended the BRIT School at the same time as Katie Melua, Adele and Jessie J, while Amy Winehouse was also a student. At 17, Leona decided to leave BRIT School to "get out there" and pursue a career in music.
Leona recorded a demo album, called Twilight, but it failed to secure her an album deal. A second demo album was recorded, Best Kept Secret, but it was also unsuccessful.
She later said: "I tried to secure a record deal by doing things my own way. I worked very hard but I never managed to land a contract. That's why I decided to audition for The X Factor. It's programmes like these which provide the best place to showcase fresh new talent."
Leona has a mezzo-soprano vocal range, which spans four octaves, and has had classical training. She has stated that she practises operatic scales every week.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Leona has an estimated net worth of around $10 million.