Coronation Street star Keith Duffy has admitted financial pressures were partly behind his decision to return to the show last month.
The 35-year-old, who plays barman Ciaran McCarthy on the iconic British soap, revealed that investments he made at the height of his pop and acting fame had been ruined by the recession.
"I'm not putting a figure on it but I've had losses on property investments. I made a nice few bob but with the recession, investments I had went in the wrong direction. Commercial stuff I had in the UK went the wrong way. I've just had to tighten my belt and go out and graft again," he told the Irish Independent.
Despite his money setbacks, Keith insisted he would continue to work even if he was financially secure. "I can't not work. My time is full regardless of what I'm doing. I keep myself as busy as I can," he added.
The singer-turned-actor was in Dublin's Westbury Hotel yesterday to launch his latest charity drive in aid of autism.
It is a subject close to the father of two - his nine-year-old daughter Mia is autistic.
He has now thrown his support behind a new website - autismsupport.ie - which provides information on services for people with autism and their families.
Next Saturday Keith Duffy will join US film star Samuel L Jackson for a Valentine's fundraising ball at the O'Reilly Hall in UCD. Dinner will be cooked by chef Richard Corrigan, followed by a performance by singer Dionne Warwick. The event is a fundraiser for the Samuel L Jackson Foundation and Irish Autism Action.
Source irish Independent