WITH his rippling abs and bulging biceps, Gareth Gates appears 1,000,000 miles away from the baby-faced singer who wowed us all on Pop Idol.
His new bronzed physique has served him nicely. Ater breaking up with former Corrie actress Faye Brookes, 33, in August final yr he’s now dwelling with DJ Chloe McLennan, 30, who he met simply earlier than lockdown in March.
Gareth Gates appears 1,000,000 miles away from the teenager all of us keep in mind on Pop IdolCredit score: Olivia West – The Solar
Gareth wowed viewers when he appeared on the primary sequence of the ITV expertise present in 2002Credit score: Alpha Picture Press Company
But, regardless of it taking years of gruelling each day exercises to hone his physique, Gareth, 36, insists ladies most popular the “skinny beanpole” who shot to fame at 17.
The dad-of-one stated: “I undoubtedly acquired extra consideration again then. I used to be a pop star with a great deal of hits.
“However I feel I look higher now. It’s taken me six years to get this physique. I acquired into the fitness center once I was 30 and stopped partying.
“However within the final couple of years I’ve began to take my health actually severely.
Gareth is is now dwelling with DJ Chloe McLennan
He met Chloe simply earlier than lockdown in March
“I’d slightly look good — and extra importantly really feel good — and be up for the fitness center than waste the day hungover.”
Gareth works out for 2 hours day-after-day, lifting weights and bench urgent 120kg (virtually 19st). He devours 4,000 energy each day too — however sticks to a clear weight loss program, switching his meat and dairy consumption for protein shakes as an alternative.
And regardless of him insisting he acquired extra consideration within the early noughties, he’s not wanting very pleasant ladies sliding into his Instagram DMs.
“I can’t repeat the messages,” he stated. “Too impolite for publication.”
A few of these frisky followers may have seen Gareth carry out, but when it was within the final couple of years, it can extra seemingly have been on a cruise ship than in a stadium.
It’s a far cry from his chart-topping days, with 4 primary singles within the UK and three.5million data offered, because the singer now belts out Unchained Melody on the Caribbean Sea.
“It’s a fantastic gig,” he insisted, however continued: “Annoyingly 2020 was purported to be jam-packed on cruise liners however, due to Covid, every thing acquired cancelled. It’s laborious however everyone seems to be in the identical boat — no pun meant.”
Though Gareth’s profession as a pop star has taken a dive, he has saved afloat by dabbling within the inventory market regardless of having initially lost £250,000 by following some bad advice.
Gareth now makes a dwelling acting on cruise linersCredit score: Olivia West – The Solar
The hunky singer works out for 2 hours day-after-dayCredit score: Olivia West – The Solar
“I met somebody claiming to be an professional in buying and selling foreign currency echange,” he stated.
“However I ended up getting conned and dropping some huge cash. It was a very long time in the past now but it surely was an enormous studying curve for me.
“That’s why I arrange my very own enterprise known as LRG Investments to assist different individuals learn to commerce. It’s going very well.
“It’s one thing you are able to do wherever on the earth, so once I’m acting on a ship, I’ll be buying and selling shares on the identical time.
“However after studying the laborious manner I by no means let a commerce run and run if I’m dropping.
Gareth has had 4 primary singles within the UK and offered 3.5million dataCredit score: Olivia West – The Solar
“You must be good or else it may be as addictive as playing.”
Gareth’s love life is bobbing alongside properly too. He moved Chloe, an Ibiza DJ also known as Loeca, into his Wiltshire home just weeks after meeting her while working in Dubai.
He stated: “We hit it off right away after which we had been compelled to decide about whether or not to maneuver in collectively or not.
“Usually issues would transfer slower however we thought ‘let’s give it a go’.
“I’m actually blissful, she’s beautiful and a really personal individual.”
The low-key romance is a distinction to a few of Gareth’s earlier highlight relationships.
In 2002, after coming second on Pop Idol, Gareth connected with Katie Price whereas she was pregnant together with her son Harvey.
And in her e-book Being Jordan she claimed that she took his virginity.
Six years later, in 2008, Gareth married dancer Suzanne Mole, mum to his daughter Missy, 11.
Gareth married dancer Suzanne Mole in 2008Credit score: Rex Options
Suzanne is the mom of Gareth’s daughter, MissyCredit score: Instagram
The pair had been married for 4 years earlier than they break up after claims he cheated with Faye.
He and the actress dated on and off for seven years however ultimately break up.
Gareth and Chloe reside near Gareth’s daughter.
He says: “One of many good issues about lockdown is I acquired to spend so much of time with Missy. I work on a regular basis and am always away. So it was good simply being Daddy for all these months.”
Regardless of the muscle tissues, Gareth nonetheless has some hang-ups — his “skinny legs”, and he nonetheless has the stammer that was revealed to the world throughout Pop Idol 18 years in the past.
Getting “out of form” by not performing and even speaking as a lot throughout lockdown, Gareth nonetheless makes use of a voice coach who apparently tells him: “I have to train my mouth extra, not my biceps.”
The coach makes a good level . . . these biceps converse for themselves.
Gareth nonetheless makes use of a voice coach to enhance his singing Credit score: Olivia West – The Solar
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