Lewisham's Matt Goss talks returning to London, hugging fans, Bros and Lewisham Hospital

News Shopper: Lewisham's Matt Goss talks returning to London, hugging fans, Bros and Lewisham Hospital Lewisham's Matt Goss talks returning to London, hugging fans, Bros and Lewisham Hospital

FEW pop stars can claim to be a veteran at 44 but Matt Goss is unusual for many reasons.

The Lewisham-born smoothie and former Bros member has taken Las Vegas by storm with his Ratpack style residencies and is coming to London later this week with a new album and four performances at Cafe de Paris – but still finds time to wax lyrical about fruit and veg markets in south east London.

One of the most successful bands of the 1980s - which also included twin brother Luke and friend Craig Logan – Bros inspired mass hysteria in fans and Matt played out to a packed Wembley Stadium aged only 17.

The singer speaks to Vibe (from Las Vegas, where it is 1am) about tattoos, video games and his love for Lewisham Hospital.

Matt says:  “I love south east London. Most of my memories are from Camberwell, people should buy their fruit and veg from the market there, it’s delicious.

“I tweeted a lot about the proposed changes to Lewisham Hospital – where I was born - I think it’s disgusting. We need our health services more than ever.

“My parents didn’t know they were having twins and my dad said to the nurse when I was being born, maybe there’s another one jokingly and she gave him a stone-cold stare, they checked and found another faint heartbeat.”

Unlike some former boyband members, Matt is happy to remain associated with the group which made his name.

He explains: “I never regretted Bros. Sometimes we’d resent the Boy band label because that represents I associate that more with boys being auditioned and standing on a stage doing harmonies.

“I talk to my brother (former band mate Luke Goss) a lot – at least once a week. We play video games with each other.”

Matt is clearly excited about returning to London and adds: “I’m a real hugger, if you ever see me just come up and give me one.”

Matt’s album Life You Imagine (Decca) is out October 7. He will have a mini-residency at Cafe de Paris, off Leicester Square – with gigs on October 3, 7, 8, 9. Tickets at ticketmaster.co.uk.

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