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There was a time when the mere mention of her name paralyzed male fans of pop music. A distant time, but one that echoes to this day. Now, despite almost 40 years after her glory days, Samantha Fox is still an idol to many.
In the 21st century, what do we know about that Samantha Fox? What happened to her life? We tell you everything in this gallery.
Born in northeast London in 1966, Samantha Fox was lucky enough to live in the golden age of pop, merchandising and unforgettable hits. It only took five seconds to see her on stage to know she had what it takes to rock.
At the age of 10, Samantha made her debut as an artist on BBC Play, singing 'No Way Out.' She liked it so much that she decided to take acting and singing lessons.
She applied her musical talents and fantastic looks to compete in beauty pageants, like Miss Sunday when she was 16.
Standing at 1.55m tall, Samantha Fox made her breakthrough in the 80s with several hit singles, such as 'Touch me' and 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now'.
The songs were about partying, sensuality and seduction. Their music videos were a great opportunity to see one of the most coveted women of the 80s perform.
The style from Samantha Fox was so popular that the Italian Sabrina Salerno also made it into the international hit charts. Do you remember the song and music video of 'Boys Boys Boys (Summertime Love)'?
Sabrina's beauty and talent allowed the recording industry to create a false rivalry with Samantha Fox.
The two artists monopolized magazine covers and bedroom walls for teenagers at the time. They were the muses of a generation.
When her first single, 'Touch Me,' arrived in 1986, Samantha Fox was 20 years old. Yet, her popularity had already been huge for a long time.
Samantha Fox had appeared on page 3 of the newspaper The Sun, in 1983. It was a space for photos of women without clothes which launched many of them to fame.
She reportedly began posing for page 3 when she was 16. For almost five years, the singer was the protagonist of the space that would nearly adopt the name 'The Fox Page.'
When 'Touch Me' was released, Samantha Fox was already the most photographed and stalked celebrity in the UK, alongside Diana of Wales and Margaret Thatcher. Hence her high level of popularity.
Samantha Fox even sang a duet with Freddie Mercury during the afterparty of one of Queen's legendary Wembley concerts in 1986.
'Touch Me,' included on the singer's debut studio album, was provocation turned into music. Wild and sassy lyrics, a catchy chorus and a singer who was totally dedicated whenever she performed live.
Her voice and her feline movements left anyone with their mouths open.
Obviously, "Touch Me" was a smash hit, both in the UK and the US. A star was born.
(On the photo: Fox with Lemmy from Motorhead)
The song occupied the number 1 position on the charts of 17 countries and helped Samantha Fox sell 30 million records worldwide.
Samantha Fox thus joined a team of stars such as Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Rick Astley.
She was on a roll: in 1987 and 1988, two new studio albums were released: 'Samantha Fox' and 'I Wanna Have Fun'. The style was the same: bubblegum music and very danceable.
Of course, each Samantha Fox single was accompanied by a music video, much to the delight of MTV and its millions of viewers.
During the recording of 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now' in Marbella, southern Spain, the singer fell in love with the city and bought a house there. She still uses it today.
(On the photo: Fox with Hollywood actress Jane Russell)
It was in Marbella where she met the bullfighter Rafi Camino, with whom she shared a famous romance. Many people questioned whether it was for real. But it was.
Interestingly, this relationship marked the gradual decline of one of the brightest stars on the pop scene.
In fact, the decade began with heartbreaking news for Samantha Fox: her father, who was also her manager, had stolen a million pounds from her.
The court case was a scandal, and so was the sentence, because the singer only recovered £363,000 of the money she lost.
At the same time, her fifth album, 'Just One Night', confirmed that Samantha Fox's heyday was in the past. She was 25 years old and the star system had already shown her the way out.
In addition, Samantha Fox tried to: go to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995 (placed fourth in the pre-selection); star in a Bollywood movie, and appear in British tabloids, this time in clothes. Her sentimental adventure with Paul Stanley, a member of the band Kiss, was also talked about.
Although she continued to play shows and perform on television, Samantha Fox appeared to be a glorious echo of the previous decade. Her sixth album, released in 1998, seven years after the previous one, confirmed this.
'21st Century Fox' embraced a faded eurodance that also sounded old-fashioned. Latin rhythms were starting to be trending and Fox's album went unnoticed.
Despite her limited success, Samantha Fox still had surprises in store for the new century. In 2003, she announced her relationship with Myra Stratton, her manager.
The relationship lasted until 2015, when Myra Stratton died of cancer. As Samantha herself has stated in several interviews, Myra was the love of her life.
Samantha Fox's most recent work on music was the album 'Angel With an Attitude', released in 2015. In it, the singer narrates difficult personal experiences, keeping the electronic touch, but with a more melancholy rhythm.
To the delight of the eternal fans, in 2010, she invited her colleague from the 1980s, Sabrina Salerno, to sing a duet of the Blondie hit, 'Call Me'.
It wasn't the expected success, but it gave the two artists an interesting tour of TV shows and countries, showing that nostalgia sells.
In 2017, Samantha Fox published 'Forever', a biography in which she reveals terrible moments she suffered throughout her life.
Mistreatment, an addicted father and harassment by her idol David Cassidy were some of the revelations in the book.
Since 2016, Samantha Fox has been in a relationship with Linda Olsen. They got engaged but had to put their wedding on hold because of the pandemic.
Despite being "officially" retired since 2005, in 2018 she released the single 'Hot Boy', which earned her a tour of Europe, in which she recalled her greatest hits.
In addition, she participated in the 'Celebrity Big Brother 18', where she finished in seventh place, in an edition in which Stephen Bear won.
Big Brother wasn't the only reality show he went through. 'Celebrity Wife Swap', 'Come Dine With Me' and 'I'm a Celebrity' also featured Samantha Fox.
In addition, the singer has an official YouTube channel, which brings together parts of some of her best shows. A must for the nostalgic.
Be that as it may, the name Samantha Fox will always be linked to the myths of the 1980s, whether they are about music or beauty.