Jake’s a Dream­boy – we knew al­ready!

Real­ity TV star Jake Quick­enden tells us about his ‘emo­tional’ new mu­sic, and why he’s not at all fazed about join­ing The Dream­boys…

Reveal - - NEWS - So­phie Cock­er­ham

Danc­ing On Ice win­ner Jake Quick­enden hasn’t had the eas­i­est month. In April, the star con­firmed his split from fi­ancée Danielle Fog­a­rty af­ter four years to­gether.

Soon af­ter the shock news, the cou­ple – who got en­gaged last Septem­ber – were pic­tured hang­ing out to­gether again. But Jake de­nied ru­mours they had rekin­dled their ro­mance, say­ing, ‘We still talk and

I still love her to bits, but some­times you’ve got to go away to come back.’

When we speak to Jake, ques­tions about Danielle are off-lim­its, but he hints the two of them are still liv­ing sep­a­rate lives when he tells us he’s not look­ing for love. In­stead, he has also been chan­nelling his emo­tions into new mu­sic.

The TV star, who reached the live shows in the 2014 se­ries of The X Fac­tor and ap­peared on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! later that year, has also been keep­ing him­self busy per­form­ing with The Dream­boys.

Here, the 29-year-old talks about strip­ping off, his heart­felt mu­sic, and his bro­mance with Love Is­land star Kem Ceti­nay...

DO YOU FEEL NER­VOUS ABOUT STRIP­PING OFF ON THE DREAM­BOYS TOUR?

I’m prob­a­bly more naked on my In­sta­gram than I am on the tour. I ac­tu­ally think I’m a na­tur­ist, be­cause when I get home from work, the first thing I do is strip off. I hate wear­ing clothes. The tour’s cool, though. I thought I’d just be tak­ing my top off and get­ting cov­ered in whipped cream, but I’m learn­ing to dance!

WHAT ARE THE AU­DI­ENCES LIKE?

They’re a bit rowdy, but that’s a good thing. They go mad when we’re on stage, but then you meet them af­ter­wards and they’re re­ally quiet and shy.

ARE YOU LOOK­ING FOR LOVE WHILE YOU’RE ON TOUR?

No, def­i­nitely not. I’m just con­cen­trat­ing on work right now.

YOU’VE SHARED SNIP­PETS OF YOUR NEW SONGS LOVED THE SAME AND AFRAID TO BE LONELY. WHAT’S THE IN­SPI­RA­TION BE­HIND THEM?

I write about things I’ve been through and that affect me. I’m a pri­vate per­son, but song writ­ing’s a good re­lease. Most of my songs are quite emo­tional. I’m so buzzing to be writ­ing again.

YOU HAD A BRO­MANCE WITH KEM CETI­NAY ON DANC­ING ON ICE. DO YOU STILL SPEAK TO EACH OTHER? Yeah, of course! We have sim­i­lar per­son­al­i­ties and the same sense of hu­mour. We just got along re­ally well. I’m a bit older than Kem [aged 22], so I see him as a lit­tle brother.

WHAT’S COM­ING UP FOR YOU IN THE FU­TURE?

I want to get my mu­sic out as soon as pos­si­ble, and I’m do­ing some pre­sent­ing on Lor­raine Kelly’s show. But I’m just stay­ing busy, hav­ing a laugh and en­joy­ing what I’m do­ing. I may as well work at Greggs, the amount of pies I’ve got my fin­gers in!

WOULD YOU DO AN­OTHER REAL­ITY TV SHOW?

I can’t quit them, they’re what I’m known for. I’ve got to do an­other one in a cou­ple of years. MasterChef would be great, but I can’t cook! I’d look rub­bish mak­ing a Pot Noo­dle!

Jake’s joined The Dream­boys as a spe­cial guest for more than 40 dates on their na­tion­wide tour. For tick­ets, visit dream­boys­tour.co.uk

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