Paul Cattermole has branded former S Club 7 band mate Jo O’Meara a “bully from Essex” who believed she was the “anchor” of the band. And he does not have kind words about her..
Paul Cattermole has been in the news recently for less than flattering reasons, as it emerged that the former S Club 7 star confirmed that he had put his Brit Award on eBay and managed to get over £60,000 for it.
Many fans assumed that the post on eBay was a hoax when the bidding went from £3000 to the jaw-dropping sum in a space of just 24 hours.
The Reach singer put the Best Newcomer Brit Award that he won with S Club 7 in 2000 on eBay on 5th January, as he started the bidding for those who might be interested at £650.
There were, however, no bids for five days. But that all changed when a massive frenzy began on 10th January, with bids skyrocketing from £2,100 into the tens of thousands in a matter of hours. Bidding levelled out at £66,000 on 11th January, but an account known only as r***i sneaked in at 5am on 15 January to bid £66,100 – winning the Brit Award and ensuring that Paul will get a late Christmas present to start the new year off in better shape.
The singer said that the bid was in fact genuine, and that the award is going to be shipped out to a fan that paid the money for it.
Speaking to NME, Paul explained: “I know the guy – he’s a fan; I’ve seen his name on social media.”
Paul pledged to personally hand deliver the award to the individual who won the bid, but he also admitted that it’s going to be tough to get the award to the lucky eBay user because the fan – who is probably a fairly wealthy one – isn’t local.
He laughed: “The fact that it’s gone to a fan is awesome. But he’s well over a 10-hour flight away, so the hand-delivery situation is a bit difficult.”
After putting his award up for sale, Paul was submerged with messages from fans and said that he spent “40-50 hours” answering them.
He said: “A lot of people have been saying to me: ‘Fair play to you, mate, sorry to hear you’re having difficult financial times.’
“I expected it to go for anything five to 10 [thousand]. I’ll be honest, if it had gone for that, I would have been happy. It just started going crazy.”
Paul previously dated his band mate Hannah Spearitt, but recently it all turned sour when he got in a nasty spat with her on Twitter.
Paul claimed that his former love Hannah was told to dump him in order to concentrate on cracking America, and when he spoke with The Sun, Paul admitted that he was devastated not only that the relationship that he thought would last forever had come to an end, but that Hannah had moved on so quickly.
He said: “I’d gone from thinking that we were going to be together forever to being replaced by someone who looked like me.
“It took me years to get over it and made me go to a really bad place. I think she made a decision purely based on her career.”
Hannah Spearitt recently took to Twitter to shame her former boyfriend when the news of the selling of his Brit Award came out, sparking thought that he might have been a bit strapped for cash.
She took to social media and said: “Cringe. Someone’s broke again…. Hilarious! #tragic”.
Paul has since fired back at Hannah’s comments, and made light of the situation.
He wrote: “‘Broke and Tragic’ it has a certain ring to it. Could it be ‘The Broke and the Tragic’ am I allowed to use that as a song title ? #justasking”.
But Paul didn’t stop there, as spats with his former band mates have now resurfaced as he recently called fellow former S Club 7 star a “bully from Essex”.
He made the comments in a discussion regarding why he left the rebooted S Club 3, and revealed, in a rather barbed remark I think it’s fair to say, that he was working with Bradley McIntosh for two years “and then Jo came along.”
The former singing star said “That bully from Essex came along and bullied her way into the situation. ‘You know what I am, Paul – I’m the anchor in this band.’ I think you missed a W there!”
Although he was quick to clarify his comments by saying that he was “half mucking about, half serious” he went on to discuss the nature of his exit from the project – that he was pushed out by the time Tina Barrett was brought in.
He spoke with NME and said: “Bradley’s Dad manages that [S Club 3] situation, so when the opportunity came to bring Tina in and make it a three that way, I found myself not getting booked as much.”
And lack of booking has arisen again, as the singer has admitted that he is clamouring to take part in I’m A Celebrity, but producers will not take him, as he has been told that he is “not famous enough” to be given a place in the jungle or on any other celebrity competition of a similar kind.
Paul, who is now 40, revealed that he has asked ITV “many times” to consider him for a place in the I’m A Celebrity jungle, but it’s always been a no, as he said: “They just don’t want me.”
“But when you look at some of the people they put in, it really is extended friends of famous people. Cousins of friends. I’ve been told this by many of these reality TV shows – they just don’t want me,” he said.
Speaking to NME he added: “They could easily have put me in the jungle. Or the dancing one. Or the ice one.”
It hasn’t all that rosy for Paul lately, the eBay money aside, as he also revealed that he has been struggling for money ever since he was injured while he was on tour in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 2017.
“I was injured in quite a bad way. There an un-choreographed bit of dancing and someone fell on me,” he claimed.
“My back has gone – it hasn’t been right since. Things just haven’t gone well this year with that injury.”
Well here’s hoping that the windfall received from selling his Brit Award will spark a turnaround in fortunes for 2018!
I mean let’s face it; we all want to put 2017 behind us anyway.