Kray Twins: Criminal's bond with pop star over 'identity struggle' exposed

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Kray Twins: Criminal's bond with pop star over 'identity struggle' exposed

Matt Goss was one half of the band ‘Bros’ and rose to fame during the late Eighties with hits including ‘When Will I Be Famous’ and ‘I Owe You Nothing’.

The singing duo, who were twins, had a large teenage fan base before they split-up in 1992 and were believed to have sold more than 16 million records worldwide.

In a recent interview from his Las Vegas home, Matt explained how he was coping with the coronavirus lockdown and stated his French Bulldog ‘Reggie’ had helped him stay sane. 

Matt revealed that he had named his canine companion after the legendary London gangster and described him as one of his “oldest mates”, while talking to FUBAR Radio.

He said: “We used to speak a lot, Reggie used to call me from prison, or as he would say ‘calling from Her Majesty’s and he used to read poetry and we used to chat.

“It was an incredible friendship we started to build, so that’s why I named him after Reggie.”

Matt revealed details about the unlikely pairing while promoting his NHS single ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ – a cover of the 2003 Alice Keys hit – which he described as a “baby making” track.

The singer was at a sushi restaurant when he received an unexpected call from Reggie Kray, a memory which he remembered as “strange” and something he will “never forget”.

He said: “He was like ‘It’s Reggie. Reggie Kray’. I’m like ‘Hello, how are you doing Reggie?’ and it was just one of those moments!

“He read my book and he was a very interesting man and full of things that he wanted to do. 

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“Remember, he did serve 30 years. He did his time and he wanted to be a clothing designer… he sent me sketches of the designs.”

Matt claimed to have visited “Her Majesty’s” to see Reggie and believed the pair bonded over the struggles of having a twin brother. 

The singer added: “He understood the dynamic of being a twin, and he understood the dynamic of wanting your own identity, I think that’s where it came from really.

“When you’re a twin you possibly overcompensate for your own identity because people think if you break your wrist your brother’s going to break his wrist. 

“People think you are literally the same person sometimes, but that’s not the case.”

Matt described him as a “very, very nice man” and thought so much of the criminal that he named his dog after the gangster.


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