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Video muscle 'rod for Andre's back'

Pop star Peter Andre has revealed he is conscious of how he looks because people still compare him to his muscled younger image from a music video almost 20 years old.

Peter, 41, says that he "built a rod for my own back" when he revealed his chiselled abs for the 1996 video Mysterious Girl.

He told the Sunday Mirror's Notebook magazine that he loved the fact that his career allows him to meet so many new people but he has learned to be "thick-skinned" and accept that not everybody will like him.

Peter said: "Even with Elvis, some people hated him. Michael Jackson, the biggest pop star in the world, some people didn't like him. Even Nelson Mandela had people who didn't like him."

Despite rating himself as a "seven" out of 10 - because he has a full head of hair and is not grey - he said: "I was never a heart-throb. I never had the full package."

The singer, whose career was revived when he appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2002, said the only time he ever felt truly famous was when he toured with Madonna and received a standing ovation.

He said: "For a moment I thought I'd made it, then I crashed back to reality as I did a gig the next night and no-one turned up."

Despite embarking on a UK tour again this month, he revealed he has swapped post-gig parties for going home to see baby Amelia, his daughter with fiancee Emily MacDonagh, a medical student.

He said his other children, Junior Savva and Princess Tiaamii, from his previous marriage to model Katie Price, think he is "cool" after he recorded the theme song for the Disney/Dreamworks film Mr Peabody & Sherman.

He said: "The kids think I hang out with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Sometimes I pretend to call Mick and make lunch plans. They love that."

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