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Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley admits he had to hold back in the I’m A Celebrity jungle

Tony Hadley
Tony Hadley

TONY HADLEY has told how he avoided a rumble in the jungle.

The Spandau Ballet star was famously involved in a series of bitter barneys with Lady Colin Campbell during last year’s I’m A Celebrity.

But he revealed that he had to hold back from really losing it with the foul-mouthed aristocrat.

And that the camp rows became so bitter, hosts Ant and Dec feared for the show.

“I’ve never watched it back, but people have asked how I put up with it,” said Tony, 55.

“They said I had the patience of a saint. There was a lot that went on that you didn’t see.

“I showed restraint as it takes a hell of a lot for me to lose it. And when I do, you don’t want to be around me.

“They can edit things any way they want and they could have made me look like the nastiest person on the planet.

“When I had a drink with Ant and Dec afterwards, they were concerned about the way the show was going. It was getting too nasty.”

Tony in the jungle
Tony in the jungle

Tony and Lady C almost came face to face at the TRIC awards in London.

However, they studiously avoided one another and the former Spandau Ballet frontman admits the loathing is still so intense, he can’t even address her.

“It was lovely to meet up with Vicky Pattison and Jorgie Porter,” said Tony. “And of course there was the woman who’ll remain nameless.

“I saw her at the National TV Awards, too, but we don’t talk. She’s not a person I ever want to socialise with.”

But Tony says he still loved the jungle life so much, he’d definitely go back.

This past few months have seen the deaths of a host of music legends and he says the BRITs could have paid a better tribute.

“I met David Bowie a couple of times and he always had a smile on his face,” added Tony.

“I was disappointed by the BRITS, though.

“The Oscars and Baftas pay a tribute to all those lost in the business and there were no mentions of Lemmy, Glenn Frey and others we’ve lost.

“I think it would have been more fitting to acknowledge them all and then a final one to Bowie.”

Tony, who had hits with True and Gold while in Spandau Ballet, lost 10kg in the jungle and he’ll be showing off his still-slimmer shape as one of the big names at this year’s Rewind Scotland festival, which runs from July 22 to 24.

It takes place at Scone Palace Perth and also features Adam Ant, Midge Ure, Toyah, Rick Astley, ABC, and more.

Tony says coming north of the border always brings back happy memories.

“One of Spandau Ballet’s first gigs was in Glasgow and I remember hanging from poles in this club wearing amazing fur boots,” added Tony.

“We wore some outfits, but at least we were making a bit of a statement. Although the fashion was bizarre, it was good fun and I’ve had kids today saying they wish it was more like that now.”

For more information, see rewindfestival.com/scotland


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