It was great. I think it was the third time now that they have had me on there and each time they really look after you. It’s nice that they follow up these things to show that real people do win competitions as I think most people are to scared to enter them thinking that they are a scam. However I can confirm it definitely is not!
You even got to arm wrestle the swoonsome Ben Shephard – you were very kind and let him win!
Well that was an unexpected part of the morning. I’m not used to being up at 4am so he had an advantage! They were a great sport really and all were so friendly. I’ve had a few people get in touch expressing their jealousy of me getting to touch Ben Shephard.
Have you had loads of messages from thirsty gays and girls?
Oddly enough I have. I’ve had a great response on social media which is amazing. I’m not sure that I agree with what people are saying but it is very flattering. As someone that was bullied from a young age and has struggled with body confidence and battled with weight my whole life, it really meant a lot to hear such positive and nice comments. Although there was one online troll who decided from the short few seconds I was on air that I was in love with myself, which in reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Not that I let that get to me as I find people like that quite amusing.
So you won 70k in the ITV competition – that must have been amazing. Are you normally a lucky guy?
For the past 10 years I have worked for the ambulance service which has been a very rewarding career. I currently work for Bristol ambulance EMS where I have worked both in the control room and out on the road.
Your also a musician – what do you do? What’s the dream?
Music has always been a huge passion of mine and luckily I have always managed to have the ability to pick up an instrument and teach myself fairly quickly. I started off playing the saxophone which I loved then went on to teach myself guitar, drums, piano and a few others. I’ve played in a fair few bands and orchestras as well. Music is a great way to relax and I love how it can really evoke emotions. I did enter the X Factor this year however my audition clashed with a holiday so who knows, maybe next year you’ll see me sing for the judges!!!
You’re a big and sexy fella do you attract a lot of attention?
At 6ft 8 it’s hard to blend in, so I guess I do attract some attention particularly in clubs. Not sure if I agree that I’m sexy. In my head I’m still a tall, lanky kid walking through school carrying a saxophone case. Which surprisingly was not a very popular look for me in school.
Since the ITV appearance I have had quite a lot of messages through my social media and guys getting in touch. It’s very flattering and like I said before I’m not very used to that sort of attention.
Do you have gay mates?
It was National Coming Out Day recently – have any gay mates come out to you?
Not sure about moments but I do have an undying love for Channing Tatum that Jen has to deal with. So much so that I learnt the dance routine in magic Mike…..
Now, you’re what many of us might consider physical perfection, but we noticed on insta that you said you used to have some insecurities about your body when you weren’t able to train.
It started in school and was mainly related to body image but kids can be cruel and will find any reason. Whether it was my hobbies, size or look I took my fair share of insults and abuse both verbally and physically. It was bad throughout school I had it hidden quite well but had massive anxiety issues before going back to school each time and lost a lot of sleep over it. It wasn’t an easy time for me but I guess on the up side going through all that pushed me to become what I am today and achieve everything I have achieved so far. So I guess I have to thank them really rather than be angry about it.
It made me very determined and pushed me to achieve everything I set out to do, to date. Had it have not been for the way they made me feel I would not have joined a gym and be doing the things I enjoy today.
Have you seen any of those bullies since?
What advice would you give young guys who want to shape up but don’t want to gym it?
Now I still train fairly regular but not as full on as I was. I will generally go to the gym once a day 6 days a week and get great results. My diet is never set in stone. I know what food I should eat and eat it in moderation. That being said I believe in the importance of treating yourself every now and again for motivation and to ease those cravings, for instance, if I want chocolate then I will eat some; the odd bar wont hurt you. I find that more helpful in the long term than trying to cut things out completely and a lot more enjoyable.