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Natalie Bassingthwaighte admits she was worried about being labelled a ‘soapie pop star’ after starring on Neighbours – as she poses for stunning cover shoot ahead of final episodes

After Neighbours was cancelled, Natalie Bassingthwaighte paid tribute to her experience on the programme.

After 37 years of production, Neighbours will have its final episode air in Australia on July 28.

The actress and pop diva, 46, bids farewell to the venerable soap opera with a breathtaking photo session in this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine.

On the front cover, Natalie is seen collecting trash on Ramsay Street while wearing a strapless yellow dress and pink platform shoes.

She stands outside one of the soap’s houses wearing pink gloves and poses inside a sheer black dress with dazzling accents.

Natalie played the antagonist Izzy Hoyland from 2003 to 2006, after which she made occasional cameos.

After choosing not to renew its contract with production company Fremantle to produce and broadcast the series in March, UK channel 5 chose to cancel Neighbours.

Bassingthwaighte acknowledged in the interview that she initially expressed concern about being on the show because it conflicted with her aspirations to become a musician.

The singer was worried that, despite how great it has been for so many others, she would be known as a soap opera pop star.

Natalie achieved fame on the music charts while singing with the well-known Australian band Rogue Traders.

In Melbourne, the group was founded in 2002, and Bassingthwaighte joined as the main vocalist two years later.

Voodoo Child, one of their many singles that followed, peaked at number four on the ARIA charts and was also well-liked in the UK.

Night of the Living Drums, the group’s most recent album, was released in 2011.

The 2017 resurrected electro-rockers reunited on stage in June when they performed as the opening act at The Star Gold Coast’s TV Week Logies Live Site.

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