Boyzone star Keith Duffy has revealed that he has agreed to take part in celebrity reality TV shows because he lost money in investments that went wrong during the recession.
The Irish singer and actor says he has bills to pay and mouths to feed and rather than feeling sorry for himself he has taken a positive and philosophical view to his current workload.
He signed up for the hit UTV show Splash, in which celebrities are taught to dive by British Olympic star Tom Daly. Duffy has performed well in the show and is still in contention to reach the final as it heads into week six.
He said: “Like a lot of people in the recession, I have been really unlucky with investments in Britain.
“I need to make sure I make a few bob and provide for my family. The celebrity stuff pays well and the acting jobs are slow.
“It’s not the end of the world – and I’m very fortunate to be in the position I’m in – but I was pretty badly knocked by the recession.
“Nobody in this position wants to play the bleeding heart and say, ‘I was wrong and I’m in bits’.
“I’m not but I do have to work for a living. I’m not afraid of hard work and I will graft away.”
Duffy admits that while it is all very well to bring in the money from reality shows, he needs to be careful to strike the right balance in case it starts to effect his ability to find acting work.
He told the Irish Daily Mail: “If you keep doing the celebrity stuff, it can damage your career.
“A lot of casting directors would frown on this sort of stuff and be reluctant to hire you, which is why I have been steering away from it over the past couple of years.
The former Boyzone star has recently appeared in the hit Irish TV series Love/Hate and hopes his character will be brought back in the fifth series.
He also has a movie in the pipeline in the coming months although he remains tight lipped about his role until the deal is finalised.