Bobby Davro has claimed he has no money after struggling for work during lockdown.
The 62-year-old veteran comedian has been forced to take out a loan after the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the entertainment world, with venues shut for almost a year.
He told the Daily Star newspaper: "There is no work. I only did four gigs last year. I can’t earn anything. I haven’t been able to earn money for a year. It’s dreadful.
“I had to take out a bounce-back loan to keep my head above water. But I’ve got to pay it back and how am I going to pay it back if I can’t earn a living?
"People think if you’re a celebrity and you’re famous that you have got millions of pounds and you can survive. They think, ‘It’s all right for you, you’ve got so much money’. Well that’s not the case. It’s not the case at all.”
Bobby also noted how a lack of work has impacted his mental health, as he's been left without his passion.
He added: "It's depressing to have that taken away from you. I can't go out there and do what I love.
"We are all in the same boat - all the comedians, all the theatre actors and the hospitality industry. Sadly not everybody could be helped. I wish the government would do more."
The government left many in the arts angry last year when they released an advert encouraging people to retrain and find a new career, but the former 'Celebrity Big Brother' star thinks this was unfair.
He said: "It’s all I know. They say we can retrain. What an insult when I’ve done this for 45 years. Retrain at what? It’s all I know.
“I’m 62. I should think about retiring, not about starting again. I found that rather insulting.”
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