STRICTLY Come Dancing has come under fire after Professor Green said “reality TV is for celebs with huge tax bills”.
Professor Green says “reality TV is for celebs with huge tax bills”Credit: Getty – Contributor
Strictly first aired back in 2004 and has had 19 successful series over the yearsCredit: Rex Features
The singer, real name Stephen Paul Manderson, has starred in a number of reality shows since shooting to fame in 2005.
But when asked if he’d ever fancy the dance competition, he said he’d rather take part in new Channel 4 show Foxy’s Fearless 48 Hours, which sees Jason Fox tackle scary challenges with a celebrity.
He said: “I would never take part in Strictly and I haven’t got the chest hair either.
“But I reckon I would do Foxy’s Fearless 48 Hours with…and that’s not just because I know him but because he would make it much harder.
“I really do like pushing myself so I would love to do that show.”
He added: “But really, reality TV is for people that need to pay huge tax bills.”
Pro Green also opened up about becoming a dad to first son Slimane Ray, who he shares with girlfriend Karima McAdams.
The pair welcomed their baby boy into the world in March this year, after two years of dating.
And since becoming a father, it’s brought to the surface that he wished his dad could have met his son.
He said: “Don’t get me wrong when he was born it obviously highlighted the fact that my father wasn’t present, I would have loved him to meet Slimane of course, but I don’t dwell on that.
“It’s not possible I have a child to focus on I can’t, you know, I got over all that stuff long long, long, long, long, long, ago got over.
“I don’t look too far backwards, or too far forward, I tend to just look what is in front of me and I crack on.
“But my dad is in Slimane – as he will be in his children if he has them – and he is part of DNA and he is part of my makeup for all that he did and that he didn’t do and influenced who I became.”
Stephen lost his father to suicide when Peter took his own life aged 43 in 2008.
Since then the star has tried to raise awareness about the importance surrounding mental health by supporting various campaigns and even created his own BBC documentary Professor Green: Suicide And Me in 2015.
That’s not the only thing that the Read All About It singer is passionate about.
The star recently partnered up with Quaker to fight against UK child food poverty.
The food company has decided to donate half a million more breakfasts to children’s food charity Magic Breakfast this winter.
It comes after it was revealed that 72 per cent of parents believe that their kid’s first meal of the day isn’t nutritious enough to be able to get through the school day.
Talking about the campaign, Professor Green said: “Growing up on free school meals myself as a kid, this campaign is incredibly close to my heart.
“I can’t quite believe children these days are still going hungry, missing out on breakfast, and therefore not setting themselves up for success before the day even starts.
“Quaker has already donated so much to Magic Breakfast over the past 12 years, and it is great to be a part of the Fill A Bowl campaign, to feed more schoolchildren’s futures and hopefully give them a solid start to the day.”
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Professor Green welcomed his son into the world back in March 2021Credit: Social Media – Refer to source
Professor Green and girlfriend Karima McAdams have been together since 2019
The rapper recently joined forces with Quaker to fight against UK child food poverty
Professor Green and Karima started dating in 2019Credit: Instagram
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