When Paul Cattermole was at the height of his success in S Club 7, he had sold over 10 million records, won two Brit Awards, and their TV shows were shown in over 100 countries around the world.
But when the group parted ways in 2003, the seven members all went their separate ways, only to reform back in 2014 for a reunion tour.
Since then, 40-year-old Paul has fallen on hard times following a back injury, and has had to take to eBay to sell his Brit Award statues to help with his financial situation.
He told the NME: “When I was doing The Rocky Horror Picture Show a year ago, I was injured in quite a bad way.”
“There an un-choreographed bit of dancing [that went wrong] and someone fell on me.”
“I was out of the show for about two months. My back has gone – it hasn’t been right since. Things just haven’t gone well this year [in terms of finding work] with that injury.”
So he took to eBay to sell two of his most precious memories from his time in S Club, but not before he considered another way to raise some money.
“Someone said to me, ‘Why don’t you just not sell the awards and just go into the jungle [on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!]?'”
“I have asked them many times if they will let me in and they won’t have me. I’m not famous enough, apparently.”
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He continued: “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.”
So eBay it was!
His Brit Award for Best Newcomer was popped on the auction site, and whilst it started off slow in the bidding stakes, it suddenly rocketed from £9000 up to £60000, eventually selling for an incredible £66,100.
Following the success of that sale, the entertainer has also put his other Brit Award for Best British Single on the selling site… and it’s still up for grabs if you’re interested!
Let’s hope he manages to get back on his feet soon without having to sell any more memories.