Twenty years ago the world watched as a 13-year-old Nikki Webster flew across the sky at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and while so much has changed since then, she's still the same bright-eyed, proud Aussie with an unwavering sense of optimism.
It's been a challenging 12 months for the singer, 33, who this time last year called time on her seven-year marriage to Matthew McMah, who she shares Skylah, six, and Malachi, three, with, before facing the uncertainty of a global pandemic that shut down her three dance studios.
"Our whole world was turned upside-down and it was an incredibly challenging time," says Nikki.
"There's been a devastating impact on all small businesses and it's going to take some time to recover, but it's been encouraging learning to become more adaptable," the three-time ARIA nominee says, noting that her business, Dance @ Nikki Webster, offered free virtual dance lessons to families across the country during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown.
But like the chameleon she is, Nikki is turning her skills towards a new project – as the ambassador for the release of Trolls World Tour Dance Party Edition.
It's this sense of resilience that Nikki has applied to her personal life.
And while it's been a very testing year, the mother-of-two has used her time to quietly move on from the fractured relationship, revealing to Woman's Day she's certainly not giving up on love!
After a successful stint on Ten's The Masked Singer in 2019, the Strawberry Kisses songstress says she's open to finding herself a new man, even if it's on reality TV!
"Australia's next Bachelorette, could you imagine?!" muses Nikki, "You know what? I could totally do that! One hundred per cent I'm there – how else do you meet men these days?"
"I'm not one of those people who says, 'Oh I'm not doing [reality TV] again,' I love supporting the entertainment industry," she says.
And as Nikki starts a new chapter in her life searching for a new flame, the singer says there's still one man she'll never tire of – her father Mark.
"You know I was a little daddy's girl growing up so I just love watching the relationship with Skylah and him, and both my parents," she says.
"They're incredible and supportive grandparents. They're both at a time in their life where they can enjoy things.
"My kids absolutely adore them! I often catch myself just watching them both interact with my parents and thinking to myself they're so lucky to have a nana and poppy so close to them," she gushes.
As the year comes to a close, Nikki says she's looking forward to what will be the "best Christmas ever", but don't count on her for any of the cooking duties!
"Thankfully I just get to arrive and Mum's sorted all the food," she laughs, revealing that her kids must be high on Santa's good list because "they get a stack of presents"!
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