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Jodie Connor's emotional day job

Jodie Connor, the 29-year-old singer who recently rose to fame after collaborating with Roll Deep on 'Good Time', has revealed that her doubts about the music industry caused her to take a full time day job. 

The singer, who also appeared on Pop Idol back in '03 and has since launched a successful solo career, explained to The Mirror that she used to work for the Greater Manchester Police:

"I was getting older and I needed something to fall back on,"  

"I thought, 'If this music thing doesn't work out, I'm going to be in my forties and have no house. So I looked on the Greater Manchester Police website, saw a job, went for it and got it."

She admitted the work was "heartbreaking" and really affected her:

"I'd see so many things that were heartbreaking," she says. "I used to come home and try not to take it with me. Kids being put in care... there's nothing you can do. You have to shut down."

Despite her considerable change of fortune, Connor still treats being a singer as a serious vocation and added:

"I treat this like work,"

"I'm not just going out and having loads of fun. It's a job and I have to make sure I don't get sacked. I'm not a spring chicken, but I feel young and I'm in touch with kids. I never thought I'm going to get married and have children, though. I'm not ready for that yet."

Jodie's new single, 'Bring It', will be officially released on Monday, April 4 and you can watch the video for it here: