Kimberly Wyatt escaped from a childhood of abuse through dancing.

The former Pussycat Dolls singer - who was molested as a youngster and survived a rape attempt - thinks the experiences she suffered have made her a "strong, independent woman".

She said: "I see the positive in what happened - it's made me a strong, independent woman. That's why I'm so grateful to dance. It let me express myself as a kid and was a release from all the bad things."

Kimberly, 28, also admitted the problems she experienced as a child made her more driven to change her life for the better.

She admitted in an interview with Now magazine: "It gave me a lot of drive to change my life - to get out and explore the world and work hard so I could use my talent to see where it would take me. I'm very thankful for everything I've experienced because it's got me to where I am and it's created the driven personality I have.

"You make the choice to either let the cycle repeat itself and beat you down for the rest of your life or to effect change and make things happen for you."