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Gareth Gates says women prefer him ‘skinner’ after working for years on buff bod

Gareth Gates has revealed it’s taken him six years to achieve the body of his dreams – but women still preferred him when he was a ‘skinny beanpole’.

The 33-year-old singer – who shot to fame on Pop Idol – believes he was considered more of a heartthrob to fans when he wasn’t slaving away in the gym every day.

Gareth shot to fame as a teenager on the 2002 reality show and won the hearts of the nation with his baby-faced charm and spiky locks.

But despite undergoing a huge body transformation, Gareth says: “I definitely got more attention back then. I was a pop star with loads of hits.”

Gareth Gates said it’s taken him six years to achieve his rippling abs

He revealed that he got more attention from fans when he was on Pop Idol

“But I think I look better now,” he told The Sun. “It’s taken me six years to get this body. I got into the gym when I was 30 and stopped partying.

“But in the last couple of years I’ve started to take my fitness really seriously,” he shared.

Gareth said these days he would rather waking up looking and feeling good ready to hit the gym that waste the day hungover.

Shedding some insight into his strict regime, Gareth said he works out for two hours every single day.

He said he bench presses 120kg (almost 19st) and eats 4000 calories a day.

Gareth works hard to maintain his buff bod

But he’s not filling up on junk food, Gareth maintains a clean diet and has switched meat and dairy for protein shakes.

While Gareth insists he doesn’t get as much fan mail as he used to, he said there are still many women who slide into his DMs sending him messages that are ‘too rude for publication.’

But these days Gareth is happily loved-up with DJ Chloe McLennan.

Gareth and Faye Brookes parted ways last year

The pair met just before lockdown in March and decided to move in together.

Last year, Gareth went through a heartbreaking split with long-term girlfriend Faye Brookes.

Gareth was previously married to dancer Suzanne Mole, who is mother to his 11-year-old daughter Missy.

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Dancing On Ice’s Faye Brookes gushes over beau Joe Davies and says she’s ‘lucky’

Faye Brookes is clearly smitten with boyfriend Joe Davies.

The actress, 33, who is currently training for the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice, took to her Instagram page on Wednesday evening to shared an adorable snap of the pair embracing as they posed nose-to-nose and alongside the loved-up offering she gushed that she is one lucky lady.

Revealing that she is glad to have the fitness trainer by her side, she penned: “Lucky I’ve got him” she also added a heart icon.

And proving that the feeling is mutual Joe posted a message to the Coronation Street star in the comments: “Not as lucky as me.”

Dancing On Ice’s Faye Brookes gushes over her hunky boyfriend

Under the adorable exchange Faye’s DOI partner Hamish Gaman added a cute heart.

Faye – who played Kate Connor on Corrie between 2015 and 2019 – and Joe went public in December last year and their romance seems to be going from strength to strength.

The brunette beauty found love with Joe just four months after her engagement to pop star Gareth Gates ended.

Faye Brookes and Joe Davies are the picture of happiness

Reports first emerged that Gareth popped the question to Faye back in January 2019 – but by August, the romance was all over.

The couple are said to have split amid allegations of blazing arguments and failing to make their relationship work.

“Gareth and Faye have been through a lot together but they just can’t make it work,” a source told The Sun in August.

“She’s in a different place right now after leaving Corrie and is working hard to land some new roles,” they added.

Faye Brookes recently announced she was joining Dancing On Ice on early morning show Lorraine.

Faye is preparing for the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice

Speaking on the ITV daytime show, she told host Lorraine Kelly that she was “excited” but warned that she could be “Bambi on ice”.

Faye has admitted that she will be asking former colleagues Brooke Vincent and Samia Ghadie, who came third and fourth on the ITV skating show, for advice ahead of her skating stint.

“As soon as this interview is over I can contact them but I’ve obviously had to keep this to myself,” Faye told Lorraine. “It’s the biggest secret I’ve kept in my life!

“I saw Brooke yesterday and I was desperate to tell her but I thought one more day and I’ll be able to. She’ll be my first text message after I’ve finished this interview.”

*Dancing On Ice returns in January on ITV

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Gareth Gates scammed out of £250,000 by dodgy Forex money trader

Gareth Gates has said he lost £250,000 due to a dodgy Forex money trader.

The Pop Idol icon, 36, revealed that a scam saw him lose a quarter of a million in the damaging scam.

He had decided to meet with the apparent expert in foreign currency trading after he saw “wealthy friends” have profitable success.

However, in the second year of monthly payments, it became clear that the associate had lost all of his money.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Gareth revealed: “I’m more careful now as I got burnt once and lost £250,000.

“I was a victim of that. I got nothing back and it was a big learning curve for me.

“I learnt a big lesson that I invested a little bit more than I possibly should have.”

Gareth Gates has revealed that he lost £250,000 with a dodgy Forex trader

So, what had happened with Gareth’s money and the trader?

“He obviously didn’t have good risk management in place, and he’d got himself in too deep,” explained Gareth.

However, Gareth has at least learned a powerful lesson that he will take heed of in future when it comes to money.

Gareth added: “You have to work hard then invest well and you have to give.”

The singer and former Dancing On Ice contestant also added that he still hopes to one day live in a castle, which would be his first purchase if he won the lottery.

Gareth Gates says he has learned a tough lesson after the money-making scheme ended up losing him a lot of cash

Yet, it is not all bad news when it comes to Gareth’s money, as he made an additional £600,000 on his house when he managed to sell it for £1.3million.

Gareth was married to dancer Suzanne Mole from 2008 to 2012, with whom he shares his only child, 10-year-old daughter Missy.

He previously had a romantic relationship with former Coronation Street star Faye Brookes, who he split with last year.

Gareth, who split with Corrie star Faye Brookes last year, is now dating DJ Chloe McLennan

The Corrie star had been in an on-off relationship with Gareth for almost seven years before they called off their engagement in 2019.

The Pop Idol runner-up is now in a relationship with DJ Chloe McLennan.

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