Charlotte Church says childhood 'kidnap plots' contributed to family rift

Charlotte Church, 33, has opened up on the "intense situation" she and her family found themselves in when she rose to fame as a child, revealing she was the target of kidnap plots that contributed to their stress.

The singer became a child star aged 11 after singing on This Morning back in 1997 and Church returned to the programme on Tuesday to talk about her new documentary which looks at her difficult relationship with her family after growing up in the spotlight.

Addressing the problems that arose at the peak of her fame, Church shared: "I don't think anything went wrong, it was like a pressure cooker. It was an intense situation.

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"You've got the stuff going on with the press... on another level mum and dad were dealing with the security level we had going on, there were a couple of kidnap plots when I was a kid... we were living in each other's pockets."

Charlotte Church appeared alongside her mum Maria on This Morning. (ITV)

Church's mother Maria and stepdad James will appear in the Channel 4 documentary, Charlotte Church: My Family and Me as the trio set off to a remote lodge in an attempt to resolve their differences.

Maria appeared alongside Church on This Morning, where she detailed how she suffered a nervous breakdown once Church left home aged 16.

She shared: "When Charlotte left home, it was very, very brutal and very sudden. She broke my heart, I ended up having a nervous breakdown.

Child soprano Charlotte Church (L) with her mother, Maria, outside the High Court in London, where the 14 year old and her former manager Jonathan Shalit have settled their multi-million pound dispute ending the bitter courtroom battle which began 21/11/00.   * After a morning of legal wrangling between the parties, Charlotte, returned to the court to throw her arms around her barrister, Mr Richard Englehart QC, and kiss him in gratitude. 03/01/01: Charlotte opening the Harrods January Sale, in London's Knightsbridge.

"I've just started back [in therapy] again now. It's going really well, it's early days but at least I'm trying to do something about it now because I've always suffered from mental health issues. Mine are quite complex because it's a mixture of everything - a bag of worms. We're getting there."

Church also explained her motivations behind doing the documentary, stating that she wanted to "set the record straight". It comes as her stepfather James is currently battling a rare terminal illness.

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The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to Charlotte Church (centre) during a reception at Clarence House in London to mark the beginning of the annual Women of the World (WOW) festival.
Charlotte Church singing outside Shell's London HQ as part of a protest with Greenpeace against Arctic drilling.
Charlotte Church performs her Late Night Pop Dungeon live at Bestival 2017 at Lulworth Castle - Wareham. Picture date: Saturday 9th September 2017. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment
Charlotte Church and Rhys Ifans arriving at the premiere of Under Milk Wood, at the Rio Cinema in Hackney, London.
Charlotte Church during the Pussy Riot: In Conversation event, at The Park stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 26, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Charlotte Church at a photocall at Brasserie Zedel, London, to launch the inaugural Festival of Voice, which will take place in Cardiff from June 3 to June 12.
Charlotte Church performs her Late Night Pop Dungeon live at Bestival 2017 at Lulworth Castle - Wareham. Picture date: Saturday 9th September 2017. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment
Charlotte Church performs with her band at the Green Door Store in Brighton, East Sussex.
Danny Devito and Charlotte Church during filming of The Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, London, which will be screened this Friday.
Charlotte Church at a photocall at Brasserie Zedel, London, to launch the inaugural Festival of Voice, which will take place in Cardiff from June 3 to June 12.
Singer Charlotte Church performs during a rally held the day before the start of the Paris Climate Change Summit, in London, Britain November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Charlotte Church addresses activists during an anti-austerity rally ahead of the start of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
Welsh singer Charlotte Church speaks during a news conference arranged by the People's Assembly Against Austerity, on the second day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Britain October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Welsh singer Charlotte Church leaves a news conference arranged by the People's Assembly Against Austerity, on the second day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Britain October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Singer Charlotte Church takes part in a discussion on phone hacking before today's session of the Conservative Party conference at International Convention Centre in Birmingham.
Charlotte Church performs live at G-A-Y Heaven in London.
Charlotte Church performs live at G-A-Y Heaven in London.
Charlotte Church arriving for the 59th annual Ivor Novello Awards, at Grosvenor House, London.
Charlotte Church attending the Roundhouse gala at the Roundhouse, London.
Charlotte Church (centre) attends the End Austerity Now rally in London.
British singer Charlotte Church holds her hands to her face during an environmental protest near the offices of Shell in central London, Britain August 26, 2015. Church performed 'Requiem for Arctic Ice' with classical musicians to highlight environmental pressure group Greenpeace's claim that oil drilling is threatening the Arctic. REUTERS/Toby Melville
British singer Charlotte Church leaves a division of the High Court, in central London, February 27, 2012. Church and her parents settled her phone-hacking damages action against the publishers of the now defunct News of the World for 600,000 pounds ($951,400)at the High Court on Monday. The settlement, one of the highest to be paid out in the phone-hacking scandal, includes 300,000 pounds in legal costs. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS CRIME LAW MEDIA)
Singer Charlotte Church (C) leaves the Leveson inquiry into media practices at the High Court in central London, November 28, 2011. The inquiry, headed by senior judge Brian Leveson and due to last a year, will make recommendations that could have a lasting impact on the news industry, lead to tighter media rules or at least an overhaul of the current system of self-regulation. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT CRIME LAW MEDIA)
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Singer Charlotte Church reacts before the friendly international rugby match between Wales and South Africa at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, November 24, 2007. Church is the partner of Wales rugby player Gavin Henson. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN)
Singer Charlotte Church reacts before the friendly international rugby match between Wales and South Africa at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales November 24, 2007. Church is the partner of Wales rugby player Gavin Henson. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN)
Horse Racing - Ascot Races - Shergar Cup - Ascot - 12/8/06 Singer Charlotte Church performs at the meeting Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Lee Mills
Horse Racing - Ascot Races - Shergar Cup - Ascot - 12/8/06 Singer Charlotte Church performs at the meeting Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Lee Mills Livepic
Horse Racing - Ascot Races - Shergar Cup - Ascot - 12/8/06 Singer Charlotte Church performs at the meeting Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Lee Mills
Horse Racing - Ascot Races - Shergar Cup - Ascot - 12/8/06 Singer Charlotte Church performs at the meeting Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Lee Mills Livepic
British singer Charlotte Church poses as she arrives for the European premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" at Leicester Square, central London, July 3, 2006. The film is on general release in the UK and Ireland from July 6. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN)
Rugby Union - Neath-Swansea Ospreys v London Wasps Anglo-Celtic Challenge - Regional Rugby Stadium, Morfa - 26/8/05 Charlotte Church before the game Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Harding Livepic
British and Irish Lions' Gavin Henson kisses his girlfriend singer Charlotte Church after a news conference near Cardiff, south Wales, May 25, 2005. Sir Clive Woodward's 45-man playing squad leave today for an 11-match tour of New Zealand including three Tests against the All Blacks. REUTERS/Darren Staples DS
Welsh singers Church and Jenkins watch Wales play Ireland during their Six Nations international rugby union match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Welsh singers Charlotte Church (R) and Katherine Jenkins (L) watch Wales play Ireland during their Six Nations international rugby union match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, March 19, 2005. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Singer Charlotte Church talks to fellow guests at a reception for Women Achievers hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, March 11, 2004. REUTERS/Mike Finn-Kelcey PP04030052 MFK/JB
Singer Charlotte Church performs at the dress rehearsal for TNT's "Christmas in Washington" concert held at the National Building museum in Washington December 9, 2001. [Church along with Reba McEntire, Tony Bennett and Mandy Morre will perform the holiday concert for President Bush and the first lady later this evening.]
Welsh soprano Charlotte Church poses for photographers at the New York premiere [of the movie "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" on November 11, 2001. The movie that is based on the J.K. Rowlings novel opens nationwide on November 16. ]
Welsh singer Charlotte Church arrives as a guest at the premiere of the new action film "Rush Hour 2" July 26, 2001 in Hollywood. The action/comedy film starring Zhang Ziyi, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker is about two police detectives who travel to Hong Kong and then return to Los Angeles and Las Vegas fighting Chinese crooks. The film opens August 3 in the United States. FSP
Welsh opera singer Charlotte Church sings during the annual pretelecast Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles February 21, 2001. Church, who helped present awards to winners announced before the television show, gave an impromptu performance after the crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to her to celebrate her 15th birthday.
Classical singer Charlotte Church performs on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City, during a concert to benefit the Wyclef Jean Foundation, January 19, 2001. The Wyclef Jean Foundation, founded by singer Wyclef Jean, has a primary mission to donate musical instruments and lessons to under privileged children around the world. JC/RCS
Actor Kevin Costner converses with 14-year-old Welsh soprano Charlotte Church during a VIP reception as they arrive at the Carousel of Hope Ball benefiting childhood diabetes research late October 28, 2000 in Beverly Hills. [The ball hosted by philanthropists Marvin and Barbara Davis is billed as the world's premier charity gala held every two years and is attended by hundreds of celebrities.]
British teenage singer Charlotte Church leaves the High Court in London November 21, 2000. Church is being sued by her former manager, Jonathan Shalit for 4 million pounds (U.S.$5.69 million) in compensation, because he says he was unfairly sacked by her mother. RUS/BR/WS
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The mother-of-two told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: "I think for me it was a chance for my mum and dad, who have had a really rough ride in the press for so long, to sort of set the record straight and show who they are but also, as we explore in the programme, my dad has a terminal illness and what he wanted to put across was that there is life after a terminal illness."

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