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Matt Goss opens up on family and Christmas on Greatest Hits Radio

Matt talked candidly with Jackie Brambles on her Greatest Hits Radio show this evening.

The former Bros frontman spoke about his time on Strictly, why he’s finally allowed himself to fully process the death of his beloved Mum and spending Christmas time as a kid with brother Luke.

After being a contestant in Strictly Come Dancing, Jackie asked if he was still watching it? The singer gave a very definite answer, “No.”  He added that he doesn’t watch it anymore, although he’s rooting for all of those still in the show.

“I had to make a choice and it was an easy one for me,” Matt said. “I’m a gentleman so if someone is critiquing me and saying my form is wrong, I’ll listen, I’ll take it on the chin and say thank you for your critique, I’m not going to disagree with the judges, they’re professionals. But as a by-product of that you’re not going to get a lot of me, you’re not going to get a lot of Matt Goss.”

Having said that, he also admitted that there were benefits to doing the show and he gained a lot from it.

“I learnt a lot about my posture, and I also got to get my issue of Poland Syndrome out there,” he revealed. “Poland Syndrome can affect you on so many levels and my version is that I only have one pec, I don’t have a left pec.

“On many of the Bros pictures you’ll see me with a towel covering myself and that was because I was ashamed and very, very self-conscious.”

The conversation turned to Christmas and Matt reminisced about his favourite festive times.

“When I was in Camberwell, with my Grandad Harry, my Aunt Sally, my beautiful Mum and my wonderful brother Luke – when we didn’t talk about bloody business or music, and we were just brothers – all I remember was the best roast dinners and our house was full of song. They were some of the best times of my life and still to this day I long for those Christmases,” he said.

Matt’s next album will be a cover of Cole Porter songs and one of them is very special, which he chose to re-record for his mum.

“Every Time You Say Goodbye relates to my Mum. I never really had the courage to say goodbye to her and I didn’t get the chance too either,” he revealed. “It was a long battle but when she eventually passed it was very sudden and a quite violent experience for me, so I ended up just not having that moment with her.”

From his experience, Matt also gave advice to ask loved ones questions. Little things such as what’s your favourite colour, what’s your favourite song, what’s your favourite food, what’s your favourite flower?

“We think we know but I can promise you unless you ask the questions you don’t know for sure. It would have given me great comfort if someone had said to me before [his Mum died] have the courage to ask those questions,” he added.

You can listen to Jackie Brambles in conversation with Matt Goss here.

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