Tom and Giovanna Fletcher apologise after being criticised for furlough use

"It was a huge error of judgement"

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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Giovanna Fletcher has long been a big name in her own right, but at the end of last year she won over the nation's hearts on I'm A Celebrity - winning the show and gaining thousands of new fans.

From her time on the show, it's also been reported that the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast host was offered lots of big money deals. But this weekend, reports emerged that mum-of-three Giovanna claimed thousands under the government's furlough scheme.

The news sparked lots of backlash though, because the pair are estimated to be worth millions.

One person tweeted, "Giovanna Fletcher claiming money from the furlough scheme is madness. Why these millionaires get off with this astounds me. Their greed is unbelievable."

Meanwhile, another added, "What could Giovanna Fletcher possibly need £30,000 of furlough money for." And a third said,"'It’s not on! This was taxpayers money and they didn’t need to claim it……so selfish."

(Some, though, did come to Giovanna's defence, saying it was unclear whether the money was for Giovanna or an employee, and that no specific rules have been broken: businesses had every right to seek government support at a tough time, regardless of whether or not those involved were famous.)

Now, however, Giovanna and Tom have issued an apology, saying it was a "huge error of judgement" to use furlough - and that the money, which they say was reported inaccurately, was for an employee.

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Dougie Poynter then

Dougie Poynter was known for being the bassist and co-vocalist for the band. He was definitely the heartthrob of McFly, giving us 'the boy next door' vibes.

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Dougie Poynter now

Still known for being a vocalist and bassist for McFly, Dougie has also had a career in fashion. Having his runway debut by walking down the catwalk for Joshua Kane's fashion show, and then modelling for Dolce & Gabanna.

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Harry Judd then

Harry Judd was the drummer of McFly, remembered for his spiked up hair and the side burns.

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Harry Judd now

Harry Judd is still the drummer of McFly, but during their break Harry did his own thing - by focusing on dancing. After winning series nine of Strictly Come Dancing in 2011, Harry then went on to do a tour of Rip It Up in 2019 - starring Jay McGuiness, Louis Smith and Aston Merrygold.

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Danny Jones then

Danny Jones was the lead vocalist and lead guitarist for McFly. Known for his long, straight brown hair - with a fringe covering his eyes.

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Danny Jones now

Danny remains as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band, but he did go on to having his own solo career. He released his own singles and toured the UK in 2019. Danny has also been one of the coaches on The Voice Kids UK, since it started in 2017.

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Tom Fletcher then

Tom Fletcher was the lead vocalist - alongside Danny - and the rhythm guitarist. He was also the founder of the band and initially started it with Danny, before finding Dougie and Harry to join.

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Tom Fletcher now

Tom is still part of the band, but has taken on many solo careers. The main one being, him becoming an author. He has a series of children's books that are co-written with bandmate, Dougie. This was followed by his first solo novel, The Christmasaurus, which he then turned into a musical to be performed in London. Since then, he has also released a trilogy of books with his wife, Giovanna Fletcher. Tom is continuing to write novels, some of which are being released in 2021.

Writing on Instagram, the pair said, "Hi everyone, we’ve always had a very honest and open relationship with you all on here so we thought it was important to address questions that some of you have rightly asked us in the last 24 hours.

"This weekend there was an article in one of the Sunday papers about us using the government furlough scheme. While parts of the article were inaccurate (including all of the figures mentioned), it is true that we did follow financial advice to furlough someone we employ."

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The statement added that they had since paid the money back.

"Although it was a time of great uncertainty, we clearly should have thought more about the situation and funded it ourselves," they wrote. "It was a huge error of judgement and a mistake we wholeheartedly take responsibility for and we have paid the full amount back."

While Tom is most famous for being a member of McFly, Giovanna is a presenter, podcast host - she has millions of listens on her show Happy Mum, Happy Baby - and she's also written numerous books.

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