We are the cheeky SALES girls! One half of noughties pop duo Gabriela Irimia, 38, lands new role selling cars at Hyundai dealership in York

  • Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia, 38, is now working at a Hyundai dealership in York
  • She said: ‘I love selling cars. If I sell a good one it feels like I’ve won the lottery.’ 
  • Irimia is an aspiring businesswoman with plans to open up her own showroom 

One of the stars of 2000s duo the Cheeky Girls has found a fast and furious way to make a living.

Gabriela Irimia, 38, and her twin Monica were a sensation when their novelty pop single ‘Cheeky Song’ hit the charts in 2002.

With its catchy chorus and memorable lyrics, ‘Touch my bum, this is life,’ the duo sold 1.2million copies of the single worldwide.

But after years of touring and travelling the world, Gabriela has found a happy living selling second-hand cars at a Hyundai dealership in York, the Sun on Sunday reports  

Gabriela Irimia, 38, was hard at work at a Hyundai car dealership in York earlier today

Gabriela (left) and her sister Monica were a singing sensation in the early noughties, with four top ten hits before 2004

Gabriela is an aspiring businesswoman with plans to open her own showroom

The former popstar looked a world away from her singing days as she liaised with customers

The former popstar is said to love her new job and wants to ‘learn the ropes’

The ex-Cheeky Girl says she wants to ‘learn the ropes’ before opening up her own showroom.

Gabriela said: ‘I love selling cars. If I sell a good one it feels like I’ve won the lottery.’

The Romanian twins became runaway stars when they appeared on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 with the ‘Cheeky Song’, written by their mum Margit.

Show judge Pete Waterman called them the ‘worst act ever’ but the nation took them to their hearts.

The duo followed up the success of ‘Cheeky Song’ with three other top ten hits up to 2004.

Gabriela famously became engaged to Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik in 2007, after his split from weather presenter Siân Lloyd.

Their relationship was regularly splashed across the tabloids until their sudden break-up in June 2008. Gabriela later revealed she had suffered a miscarriage.

Gabriela and her sister Monica became famous with the ‘Cheeky Song in 2002, selling 1.2million copies

Gabriela Irimia, 38, is now a sales executive at a Hyundai dealership

The Cheeky Girls during an appearance on This Morning in December 2011

The former pop star came into trouble with the law in 2011, when she was handed a caution for shoplifting. Her mother later told MailOnline that it was part of research for an upcoming film role.

After experiencing the highs and lows of popstar life, Gabriela is now turning her head to business.

Her mother Margit added: ‘Let me ask you this: can you be a Cheeky Girl when you’re 60? 

‘She needs to have a business and realises that girl fashion is now cars. Women are changing their cars every year.’

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