PEPSI & Shirlie were well known in the 1980s for their work as backing singers for WHAM!
Shirlie went on to marry Martin Kemp, with whom she had son Roman – now a celeb in his own right. Here’s what we know about the pop singer’s life and career…
Pepsi & Shirlie were an 80s pop duoCredit: Rex Features
Who is Shirlie Holliman?
Shirlie Holliman was born April 18, 1962 and is an British pop star.
She joined Wham! after her then boyfriend Andrew Ridgeley suggested she come and dance while he and his friend George Michael’s band played a local gig.
Shirlie was a good friend of the late George Michael.
She was even due to have dinner with him on Boxing Day 2016, the day AFTER he died.
When did she marry Martin Kemp?
Shirlie married hunky Spandau Ballet guitarist bassist and singer Martin Kemp in 1988.
Shirlie is married to Spandau Ballet hunk Martin KempCredit: Splash News
How many kids do Shirlie and Martin have?
The couple have two children, Harley Moon and Roman.
Harley Moon is their first child, born in 1989
She works as a photographer, director and singer-song writer.
Roman was born on 28 January 1993.
At the age of 15 he signed a record deal with Universal Music and has since gone on to model for clothing giants Topshop and Asos.
He presents a successful breakfast show on Capital FM between 6am-10am Monday to Friday and 6am-9am on Saturday mornings.
Kemp was a contestant on the nineteenth series of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity back in 2019, and came third overall.
In 2021, Kemp fronted BBC Three documentary Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency which takes a look at about male mental health.
They were launched to fame as backing singers and dancers for Wham!Credit: Rex Features
Who are Pepsi & Shirlie?
After Wham! split, the girls went out on their own and in 1987, they released their debut single Heartache
which was a smash hit.
They then released their follow-up single Goodbye Stranger, followed by their debut album All Right Now.
Pepsi & Shirlie perform togetherCredit: Rex Features
In 1991, they returned with the album Change and single Someday, a song produced by George.
Pepsi & Shirlie returned in 2000 to record backing vocals on Geri Halliwell’s UK number one hit Bag It Up.
The duo also re-united in 2011 for the Here & Now 10th Anniversary tour’ starting on 24 June 2011.
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