November 27th, 2007
Exclusive Interview: Meet Sian Owen
Kickettes, please meet and greet Sian Owen, girlfriend to Chelsea’s Shaun Wright Phillips.
Ms. Owen took time out of her busy schedule to chat to us about her career, her relationship with Shaun, and what she thinks about girls who dream about bagging a baller. Here’s a little background:
Sian’s name is Welsh, and is pronounced “Sharn”. She’s 23 years old and works as an actress/model and she’s a trained ballet dancer – she just finished a run in the West End performing in the musical Daddy Cool. She met Shaun when he was at Manchester City and she was in town doing a photo shoot – she had no idea who he was, and actually thought he might have gained his flash car by illegal means.
In many ways, she’s the anti-stereotypical WAG, with little concern for shopping or the fame that comes with a high profile relationship. (One of the original WAGs booked for the infamous WAGs Boutique, Sian pulled out after the pilot episode – “It just wasn’t the right thing for me,“ she says.)
Sian is sweeter than sugar cookies and we’re not just saying that because she agreed to chat with us: click through and see for yourself.
“I trained and worked as a ballet dancer, and then went on to do more commercial work. In August I finished a run in the musical Daddy Cool in the West End – 8 shows a week, which was brilliant. I’ve been lucky enough to work, keep busy and do something I love with my career. I’ve trained hard at this since a very young age and I gave up all my weekends as a child, so I’m proud of what I do.
I have been in the recording studio lately as I love to sing, and I do work with Shaun’s Education for the Children charity group, which came out of his trip to Guatemala in the summer. (The White Room Charity event mentioned on Kickette was Shaun’s fundraiser and he raised nearly £1 million.) Shaun and I are also looking at starting a clothing label. I’m kind of all over the place!”
“I get bored shopping, to be honest. I like mixing designer with high street, and I think what Coleen does with Asda is great and affordable for people. I’m big on comfort, so in the winter it’s all about the Uggs. I get my hair done by my aunt – my hair is mixed Afro Caribbean/European, and she’s the only one I trust! Plus, she can come over when I’m in my PJs late at night to do it.”
“I don’t get jealous of the girls that are out trying to get with footballers – I think you can spot them a mile off. And despite what is said, these men aren’t silly. Shaun is a regular guy to me and just like any woman I have insecurities, but you can’t be in a relationship if you can’t just trust and enjoy life.”
“I feel sad by the idea of girls who have a goal of becoming a footballers’ wife. I don’t think it should be seen as a dream or aspiration and I think it will end in tears if you spend your life chasing that goal. There is more to life.”
“I am more of a football fan now because of Shaun, I admit I’m biased and follow his career closely, though I grew up near Selhurst Park so I’m loyal to Crystal Palace. I go to Shaun’s games when I can, because I love watching live matches, especially England.”
“Shaun and I love music and I love dancing, so we hit the clubs when we have the chance to have a night out. We also like just chilling at home or watching films. Shaun’s a big video game fan and is always on the PSP (I have a go at Mario Carts…!) We’re just like any other couple, really.”
Note: We interviewed Sian before the recent NOTW story about the shenanigans taking place at Shaun’s birthday party in Oct at the Wardour. When asked about it in an email yesterday, she says she was there and yes, it was a big party so there was certainly alcohol and celebration, but not to believe everything you read in the papers, especially by those looking for a payday…
images: matt christie, kaiz agency.