Didn't she have a boyfriend yet that they could get stuck into?
"No, she hasn't had time to meet anyone," Bedingfield's people shot back. not properly, internationally popular], she'd have all the time in the world to get down China White and cop off with Calum Best." Well, meow.
Before we leave, the Black Eyed Peas frontman known as Will-I-Am approaches. He's heard him human beatbox, "and he makes a pretty big noise for such thin lips". "He looks like a virgin," he winks to Natasha as he leaves. To the Supper Club in the middle of Rome in a people carrier. Over here for a photograph with Alicia Keys, over there for Anastacia.
A huge crowd of fans and paparazzi are waiting in the narrow lane. Bedingfield, by now wearing something by Alberta Ferretti, grins and bear it. The showbiz hacks all get the obligatory I'm-with-the-star picture taken with her.
They bellow at lung-bursting volume to attract her direct gaze. Behind her, on the left, are a gang of panting, salivating Italian youths, shoving pens and bits of paper her way. There are moments when I step outside myself and go, 'Man ... I see their surprise at my life: I'm in a car everywhere, I'm going on private jets, I have all these amazing clothes, and things like that."She called up her brother, three-years-in-pop veteran Daniel, and left him a message: "Why didn't you tell me it would be this hard? " Then she said: "Oh yeah, you did, ha ha." That was a joke, see: she was prepared. "That's the advantage I have."Like any new, finely tuned product, she was prepared in other ways - by stylists, by media training, by six months spent recording her album in Los Angeles and London last year with people who, variously, had written songs for divas such as Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Robbie Williams. She works on songs on an i Book that Daniel gave her. Trying out songs in her spare time in studios in Greenwich and Lewisham, near the family home. She's currently number one in New Zealand; her Kiwi granddad has just texted to say everyone on the other side of the world knows who Natasha is. The Belgians (number 15), the Swiss (number 24) and the refusenik Czechs (number 42) are going to need a little help. In one fell swoop 120 million households in 48 countries can, potentially, be reached."Who are your fans?
In front of her, the photographers yell filthy abuse when one of her entourage gets in the way of the shot. She dropped out of her university degree after a year because it was getting in the way of her music-making. "These Words" has also reached number two in Germany and Austria. Meanwhile the French aren't doing themselves any favours: number 59 just isn't good enough. " I ask her."I have been happily surprised when I've gone around and seen who is in my audiences," she replied brightly.
Daniel Bedingfield (born December 3, 1979 in New Zealand) is an English-New Zealand singer-songwriter and talent contest judge whose pop music career started in 2001 with the single "Gotta Get Thru This".
In 2012, Bedingfield became a judge on the New Zealand series of The X Factor.
Even better, she's been finagled a slot as a guest presenter, handing over the wobbly metal globe for Best Rock - to the delight of her 15-year-old brother Joshua - to American nu-metal mob Linkin Park. After the photographers and their lenses come the thrusting microphones of the world's radio and TV stations. Then the Usher'n'Naomi Show, having zipped regally past without saying hello to anyone, goes back up the wrong way. As her record label BMG is keen to telegraph, she's a huge international priority artist, its biggest since Dido.
But first, the really important stuff: the photocall that will be heard around the world. I start to sweat and am burning with embarrassment. BBC's Newsround hogs her for a bit, but GMTV, Reuters and T4 are all gagging for a piece. They run into Linkin Park, who get tangled up with Alicia Keys. Bedingfield has now made it as far as a radio crew from Norway at the other end of the red carpet. Lots of money is being spent; millions of woman-hours are being put in; good pop songs have been assembled by Bedingfield, and a phalanx of top songwriters.
The MTV EMAs go with a bang, a pyrotechnic boom and many, many screams.
As the clock strikes midnight we head for the Sony-BMG aftershow party. "Just nice." Will-I-Am phoned Daniel's answering machine on Natasha's mobile and leaves a cheery message.
You won't catch her falling out of a club at 2am (she doesn't like drinking anyway).