Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Antony Costa: I grew a thick skin

Antony Costa got used to being criticised when Blue were first famous

Antony Costa has revealed he developed a "thick skin" to help him cope with negative comments in his Blue days.

The singer, whose band has been boosted by their appearance on TV show The Big Reunion, admitted he got used to being criticised when Blue were famous the first time around.

He said: "I've learnt to grow a thick skin. Back in the day, I got the flack, because if people want someone to pick on, they're going to pick on one person from a band.

"But, you know, it's life, you carry on and you move on. You've got to tell the truth. I'm not going, 'Everything's fine and dandy, and I'm sitting in a £5 million house'. I'm real, I wear my heart on my sleeve and I tell the truth as much as I can."

As well as being busy with Blue's new single, album and forthcoming UK tour, Antony said he would "love" to act again at some point.

He said: "I started off as an actor when I was a kid, being in TV programmes such as Grange Hill and a few BBC comedies, so acting is a very big part of my life. I want to go back into that definitely - not now, but you never say never.

"My dream role would be in Jersey Boys. I just love it - I've seen it nine times, and I'm always listening to the soundtrack and I'd love to be Tommy DeVito in the West End."

:: Blue's new single Hurt Lovers is out now, with the album Roulette released on Monday, April 29. They are performing at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on May 3, with further dates in October. For more information, visit www.officialblue.com.

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