05/01/2012 11:22 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Nicola Roberts Copes With Bullying By Buying Louboutins

Nicola Roberts copes with bullying by buying Louboutins Photo: InStyle

Nicola Roberts has admitted that she prefers therapy of the retail variety to traditional counselling when it comes to battling bullying remarks.

The singer endured years of criticism after being catapulted into the public eye during Popstars: The Rivals and joining super-successful girl group Girls Aloud. But - having tried therapy - Roberts revealed in an interview with InStyle that when it comes to spending money, she'd rather indulge in a pair of heels than a hour on the couch:

"It's too bloody expensive. I'd rather sit there all night thinking until I couldn't think any more, then reward myself the next day with a pair of Louboutins."

That's not to say she didn't value her time with a therapist: "Therapy did make me very deep, because I had to search for the reasons why these things were happening to me."

The 26-year-old even started using what she'd learned during the sessions on her bandmates, becoming Girls Aloud's unofficial counsellor:

"If Sarah [Harding] would be in a certain mood, or Kimberley [Walsh] said something out of character, I'd work out why and explain to them, "It's because you've only had three hours sleep. You're tired!" Although I think I could be quite annoying at times."

We're now wondering whether that last remark means that Kimberley reacted badly to being told she was tired and cranky ;)

The full interview can be found in the current issue of InStyle.

nicola-roberts Photos: InStyle