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Chesney Hawkes reveals how being 'picked on' by Piers Morgan during his pop star heyday impacted him


‘That stuff went in!’ Chesney Hawkes reveals how being ‘picked on’ by Piers Morgan during his heyday impacted him and recalls realising aged 23 that he was ‘a washed-up pop star’

He found fame aged 19 when his iconic 90s song The One And Only topped the charts before being dropped by his record label just a few years later.

And in a new interview, Chesney Hawkes, 50, has revealed how being ‘picked on’ by Piers Morgan, 56, during his heyday has impacted him.

The musician also recalled realising aged 23 that he was ‘a washed-up pop star’ after splashing all of his cash on cars for himself and everyone in his family, leaving himself in ‘a hole.’

Real talk! Chesney Hawkes, 50, has revealed how being 'picked on' by Piers Morgan, 56, during his heyday has impacted him

Real talk! Chesney Hawkes, 50, has revealed how being ‘picked on’ by Piers Morgan, 56, during his heyday has impacted him

Speaking to The Guardian’s G2, Chesney said of Piers Morgan and entertainment showbiz gossip columnist Rick Sky: ‘they picked on me a lot.’

He explained: ‘It was a daily thing. At the time I was like “I’m fine, I’m fine” but I was still really young then and you realise later that stuff went in.’ 

The former pop star praised his close friends and family members for seeing him through and being pillars of support. 

In fact, Chesney revealed: ‘I bought cars for everyone in my family. I bought the stupid little red sports car,’ and admitted his parents weren’t great with financial matters so weren’t able to guide him. 

Pop star days! He found fame aged 19 when his iconic 90s song The One And Only topped the charts before being dropped by his record label just a few years later (Pictured in 1991)

Pop star days! He found fame aged 19 when his iconic 90s song The One And Only topped the charts before being dropped by his record label just a few years later (Pictured in 1991)

Impact: Of being 'picked on' by Piers and Rick Sky, he said: 'It was a daily thing. At the time I was like "I'm fine, I'm fine" but I was still really young then and you realise later that stuff went in' (Pictured in 1993)

Impact: Of being ‘picked on’ by Piers and Rick Sky, he said: ‘It was a daily thing. At the time I was like “I’m fine, I’m fine” but I was still really young then and you realise later that stuff went in’ (Pictured in 1993)

Just a couple of years after scoring string of hits, Chesney was dropped by his record label, something he likened to ‘losing a family.’

He recalled being ‘really taken aback’ when he was dropped, admitting: ‘It was a big learning curve for me when I realised “oh, OK, none of that was real and I’m a washed up pop star at 23.”    

Thankfully, he met wife  Kristina – to whom he’s been married for almost 25 years – and has a fulfilled life and a ‘steady, day-to-day, kind of happiness’ with her and their three children: Casey, Jesse and Indi. 

The star insisted: ‘I’m not bitter about what happened but I do sometimes have a pang and think: what if my career had carried on a little longer? What if I’d released different singles?’ 

Candid: Chesney said of being dropped in 1993: 'It was a big learning curve for me when I realised "oh, OK, none of that was real and I'm a washed up pop star at 23".' (Pictured in 1993)

Candid: Chesney said of being dropped in 1993: ‘It was a big learning curve for me when I realised “oh, OK, none of that was real and I’m a washed up pop star at 23”.’ (Pictured in 1993)

Millions squandered: 'I bought cars for everyone in my family. I bought the stupid little red sports car,' revealed Chesney

Millions squandered: ‘I bought cars for everyone in my family. I bought the stupid little red sports car,’ revealed Chesney

In 2016, Chesney told The Mirror about wasting his money during his heyhey: ‘Extravagant spending? Oh God yes – it was ridiculous! 

‘Also, when you’re famous you have an entourage. We used to go out all the time in London, go to clubs – and it was all on my bill.

‘I was very generous about all that kind of stuff, you know? But eventually it just all went! You think it’s only going to get better and better. 

‘I’d been spending way too much money. I wasn’t very sensible. I got to the point where I couldn’t afford to even pay the mortgage.’   

Love: Thankfully, Chesney met wife Kristina - to whom he's been married for almost 25 years - and has a fulfilled life and a 'steady, day-to-day, kind of happiness' with her and their kids

Love: Thankfully, Chesney met wife Kristina – to whom he’s been married for almost 25 years – and has a fulfilled life and a ‘steady, day-to-day, kind of happiness’ with her and their kids

Family: Chesney and Kristina are parents to their three children: Casey, Jesse and Indi

Family: Chesney and Kristina are parents to their three children: Casey, Jesse and Indi

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