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Celebrity DJ Fat Tony on his searingly honest new autobiography

Fats Tony may solely write a e book that was true to himself (Image: Getty Pictures)

Movie star DJ, Fats Tony, 56, on his new autobiography, drug dependancy, near-death and swearing at Madonna.

Folks have been anticipating your e book, I Don’t Take Requests, to be showbiz fluff…

There’d be no level in my writing a e book like that. I wished it to be as trustworthy because it presumably may.

The opening chapter the place you’re off your head, you’ve messed your trousers, set your face on hearth…

When myself and co-writer Michael Hennegan have been speaking about it, we have been like, ‘Let’s simply go in, begin with what life was actually like after which return…’

It will need to have been powerful to jot down: drug dependancy, abuse, false accusations, jail…

Nearly all of it was fairly powerful to jot down as a result of I don’t assume I’d handled stuff. After I began writing the abuse chapter [he was sexually abused from the age of 10]I used to be in poor health for 3 days, bodily chucking up. Early on within the book-writing course of, I began trauma remedy in order that I may take care of that unfinished stuff. It’s weird. I’ll maintain on to ache however I received’t maintain on to happiness.

How have folks you wrote about reacted, like your mum?

Thoughts-blown. I didn’t give it to my mum till per week earlier than the launch. She stated, ‘Why am I the one one who’s not been allowed to see it?’ and I stated, ‘Since you’re the one one who comes out unhealthy.’ [Laughs] However she learn it and rang me, crying. I gave it to Kate Moss initially and he or she completely liked it, which was a very good pointer for me.

Kate Moss.

Kate Moss was first to learn the e book and liked it (Image: Getty)

The bit the place Kate Moss is sleeping beneath the desk and you need to kick her to verify she’s nonetheless alive…

That was our youth! She was 15. However while you give it to individuals who know your actual life they usually come again and say, ‘My God, I didn’t even know that,’ that’s an excellent feeling. And everybody I’ve given it to has stated they’ll hear me studying it, which is nice.

Did Boy George have any objections to what you stated about him?

After all not! It’s the previous. He comes out shining like a superhero anyway. If yet one more cab driver says to me, ‘You sound like Boy George’… I’m like, ‘No, he appears like me!’

Was it exhausting to get again into the membership scene after recovering from drug dependancy?

I get every part I would like out of music. 
I don’t want some other highs. I simply surrendered to the truth that I don’t need to do drink or medicine. I stroll by pubs each 100 yards in central London however it doesn’t imply I must go in a pub. 
I do know what’s on the opposite aspect of these doorways and I do know what’s on the opposite aspect of the doorways in my life. Whenever you realise that the drink and the medicine aren’t the issue, you’re the downside, that’s an enormous game-changer.

Your actually shut relationship with George Michael began with a struggle…

The largest loves of my life have come from a struggle. Arguing with somebody was getting their consideration, making folks keep in mind me, and what higher approach than having the most effective argument of their lives?

Tony's relationship with George Michael began with an argument (Picture: Getty)

Tony’s relationship with George Michael started with an argument (Image: Getty Pictures)

Your language is stunning, by the way in which. So many ‘C’ phrases!

And I took 39 out! However how may I write a e book that wasn’t true to me? That’s how I communicate!

The e book is an efficient approach of getting the reality out, particularly with the accusation of rape that landed you in jail…

That was the worst yr of my life. 
However going to court docket and successful, I used to be vindicated of all costs, cleared utterly. The disgrace that I carried, although I used to be harmless… I obtained attacked on the street, 
I went via hell and I put that within the e book as a result of so many individuals undergo what I went via and don’t survive it.

Speaking of survival, you bought pioneering therapy for HIV while you have been in unhealthy form.

Yeah, it was superb. At St Stephen’s Hospital in Chelsea, they put me on a brand new drug and it utterly labored immediately. If it had been even six months earlier than, I’d be lifeless.

Does that provide you with a jolt? That you just got here so shut…

On so many ranges. I got here that shut 
so many different instances via self-abuse and dependancy however the worst factor about HIV was being in isolation. Being ostracised. Nobody wished to be round homosexual folks, they didn’t hire flats to gays.

On a lighter notice, there are some humorous tales equivalent to while you advised Madonna to f**okay off at her personal social gathering…

She’s fortunate she solely obtained advised as soon as. I advised Joan Collins to f**okay off the opposite evening. I used to be doing a Hey! journal social gathering for the Jubilee and he or she came to visit and stated how loud the audio system have been, and I used to be like, ‘Simply f**okay off!’ Shall I’m going to Wembley the subsequent time Madonna performs and inform her to show the music down?

I Don’t Take Requests is out now.

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