Pete Waterman, after all, was said to have described them as the worst pop act ever - and this from the man who produced Samantha Fox.But the shadow of their bloodsucking countryman does creep to the mind when, on a sunny day a few miles outside the medieval town of Rye, my mobile rings. It is too cold, too cold," says Margareta in a mousey, high-pitched voice that nevertheless conveys an air of menace.
Lembit and Bulgarian property lawyer Sabina met in 2015 at a party to celebrate Tim Farron’s election as Lib Dem leader.
Speaking of their romance, the former politician said "there was a very natural chemistry".
Thunderbolt after thunderbolt issued from her side: Lembit incapable of adult relationship, pantomime affair with Romanian Z-list celebrity who would turn up for the opening of an envelope, that kind of thing."People definitely don't know us," says Gabriela, defensively. He is so nice to be around because he make jokes, he likes fun and he is very kind to people - very kind to me."For their first date, Lembit took Gabriela to the Science Museum. The allegations were vehemently denied - Opik pointing out that he had declared his personal interest openly, and had merely directed the girls to their local MP."That was awful for me but also for my family," says Gabriela. There was so much rubbish in the press, way over the top.
"They split up before I came into his life."But why is she going out with him? There were not problems with the visa because Romania was going into the EU."Monica chimes in: "They wanted to pick on us. I was much bigger celebrity than him, to be honest.
Gabriela has taken "a lot of stick", as she puts it, over her association with Opik, whom she met on a television set in October 2006.
Coming so soon after the break-up of Opik's relationship with Lloyd, the perky weather forecaster was none too happy. It was quite strange for a first date to go to the Science Museum."Among other things, Lembit is famous for promoting the threat to Earth from rogue asteroids. "He is known for talking about steroids hitting the Earth. I don't consider myself Einstein but I'm not stupid, either."The Cheekies were accused of using Opik's political clout to ensure they could stay working in the UK when their right to residency was under threat.Unkind critics of the Cheeky Girls have in the past drawn unflattering comparisons between them and that other great Transylvanian export, Count Dracula.Not least the sensation of one's lifeblood draining away while watching them at work.New ventures include a fly-on-the wall documentary currently being filmed, and a reality show, Living with the Cheeky Girls. What about having to attend all those rural events, like farmers' balls? " squeal the twins, breaking into hearty Transylvanian laughter. The twins depend on corporate appearances and student union gigs for their bread and butter. The brooding atmosphere is not helped when the Cheekies arrive in the dark, panelled lounge of the town's Mermaid Hotel. Altogether now: "We are the cheeky girls/ we are the cheeky girls/ you are the cheeky boys/ you are the cheeky boys…""It seems to have been around for longer than it has because after the first year it was already a classic," says Gabriela. The Cheeky Song (subtitled Touch My Bum) rings in the head like a North Korean brainwashing mantra. But the Cheekies are famous for another reason: Gabriela's 18-month liaison with the Liberal Democrat frontbench spokesman Lembit Opik.