Fans of The Big Reunion on ITV2 will know that 90s boy band Blue are getting in on the reunion action, and for band member Anthony Costa, it can’t happen fast enough given that he’s currently living on around £45 per week, which is about what he’d get on the dole!
Anthony’s money problems began when Blue split in 2004 – having been among the best selling boy bands of the era – and Anthony tried to continue living a “champagne lifestyle” without the earnings to back it up.
The Daily Star reports of Anthony’s financial woes, “He has been living on an individual voluntary arrangement of £45 a week, to avoid bankruptcy, while he got back together with bandmates Duncan James, 34, Lee Ryan, 29, and Simon Webbe, 34, to record new album Roulette…
“It is out on April 29 to coincide with Blue starring in ITV2’s The Big Reunion.”
Speaking to exclusively to the Mail Online, singer-songwriter Anthony said of his fall from monetary grace, “It was a odd process. I went from earning £250,000 a month on a tour to £400 a month acting in Blood Brothers.
“I wasn’t saving any of my money along the way and I had champagne taste with lemonade money in the end.
“I thought Blue was going to last forever and any money I did have left at the end of Blue I wasn’t advised on how to save it but I don’t blame anyone for that.”
As time wore on, Anthony couldn’t pay the mortgage on his countryside mansion so he lost the house and became effectively homeless, forced to live with his parents again as well as dosing down on friends’ sofas.
Of that, Anthony said, “I lived with my mum and dad a bit at home then when I worked at Blood Brothers I couldn’t afford to get home so I stayed with my mate on his sofa. “
As to why he didn’t turn to his former band mates for help, Anthony said, “I didn’t want to bother the boys as they had their own stuff going on and it was my business…
“I got myself into it and wanted to get myself out. You have to stand on your own two feet in life no matter how tough it gets.
“I am not really one to ask others for help no matter what is going on, perhaps that is a weakness or just my pride but I prefer to see it as strength.”
On the subject of new album Roulette, and of managing his money in the future, Anthony said, “We have got a good team around us today who help me and the boys out with financial advice and direction and who make up part of our great management team.
“We are now properly advised and we know where every penny is going, so this time around everything is clearer and makes more sense than ten years ago.”
As mentioned above, the new album, which is out on 29 April, coincides with their appearance on ITV2’s The Big Reunion, and of that, Anthony said, “Blue have been working at this for the last two years writing and recording our new album with the Red One team in Los Angeles and Wayne Hector in London…
“It’s great to be part of this big show and perform in front of all those people and we have had a lot of fun with it but it was a hard secret to keep the last few months, knowing we would be part of it but not being able to tell our fans.
“We are so grateful for this opportunity and thank everyone on the team at ITV and can’t wait to get the new album out at home.
“Our first studio album in ten years – it’s a proud moment for us and we believe it’s our best album yet.”
Mail Online adds, “Blue’s new single Hurt Lovers is released on 22 April and the album Roulette is released on April 29th.
“Tickets for their exclusive one-off gig at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 3 May are available via Ticketmaster.”
Here’s a look at Anthony and band mate Lee Ryan recently…