Antony explains: “It turned out Donatella was furious, thinking she’d been stood up by her favourite British band after laying on plane tickets and all her best clothes.Apparently, she’d always been a massive fan of Blur.” The boys are now releasing a tell-all anecdotal book about their time in the industry.As their anecdote-packed book reveals, this was not the biggest crash-landing for their growing egos.
I farted and, somehow, was unable to stop following through. in 2005, Antony was unable to pay his mounting bills.
“So I stood there, a boyband star turned prime-time TV entertainer gazing out at the country’s biggest audience, eating their dinners, and I’m having a panic attack, secretly gay, taking anti-depressants to cope with stress and I have just soiled my underpants, live on air.” Life was getting tough for them all but somehow the lads, still looked on with affection, all muddled through. His dream home in Hertfordshire was eventually repossessed because he couldn’t afford his £7,000-a-month mortgage and the tax man hit him with a £600,000 demand.
Once while drunk at a hotel in Newcastle he let off a fire extinguisher and aimed it at other guests.
He said: “I sprayed them all from the fourth floor. Dale Winton was running for cover.” And during a charity event at No10 he played a prank on the then PM’s wife Cherie Blair, who accepted his offer of chewing gum.
I’d had so much to drink I’d had a blackout.” Thankfully, he was sobered up by a stint on Strictly.
Thankfully, these days the band have calmed down considerably.He said: “I hadn’t mentioned it was trick chewing gum.Half an hour later she came back, her mouth, her lips, even her teeth, all bright blue.” As their fame and arrogance grew Lee insisted on having his own dressing room, then chose to go solo — after a tarot card reading.Trying desperately to find a spot where we wouldn’t be recognised, we ended up on a roundabout in the middle of a main road.“It felt like days we were sitting on that roundabout, although it was probably 20 minutes.” In their heyday Blue met Michael Jackson, performed with Stevie Wonder and were pals with Elton John.Despite a spell in theatre and appearing on I’m A Celebrity . Antony, 36, said: “So I moved to my new home, also known as my Uncle’s George’s sofa. Everything was gone.” Similarly, Lee was left skint by a bad record deal and a tax avoidance scheme gone wrong.