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Gareth Gates has his shirt RIPPED OPEN during pantomime performance leaving his six pack on show

Gareth Gates has his shirt RIPPED OPEN during pantomime performance leaving his impressive six pack on show

Gareth Gates was left red-faced on Monday when his shirt was ripped open during his performance as Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty.

Gareth – who is starring in the Disney classic’s Liverpool pantomime run – gasped as Maleficent pulled open his white shirt, leaving his impressive six pack on show.

The entertaining moment was all part of the performance, and the singer, 36, carried on singing after the eye-popping moment unfolded.

Abs out: Gareth Gates, 36, was left red-faced on Monday when his shirt was ripped open during his performance as Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty

The former Pop Idol star also had the sleeves of his shirt torn away as he was pounced upon by the horned villain alongside leotard-clad dancers.

He is currently starring at Liverpool’s Arena alongside Emma Grace Arends and comedy favourite Bippo.

Writing on Instagram about the show on Monday, Gareth said: ‘Feels so good to be back on stage, come see us!’

Last year Gareth opened up about his muscular physique, revealing fans still prefer him as the ‘skinny beanpole’ from his Pop Idol days despite spending the past six years getting in shape.

Wow: Gareth - who is starring in the Disney classic's Liverpool pantomime run - gasped as Maleficent pulled open his white shirt, leaving his impressive six pack on show

Wow: Gareth – who is starring in the Disney classic’s Liverpool pantomime run – gasped as Maleficent pulled open his white shirt, leaving his impressive six pack on show

He said he’s embraced his healthier lifestyle after replacing partying with the gym.

In lockdown Gareth also found love with DJ Chloe McLennan after he split from fiancé Faye Brookes in August 2019.

Discussing his transformation with The Sun in November, Gareth explained that despite his ripped new physique fans still view him as the shy teenager when he auditioned for Pop Idol, finishing runner-up behind winner Will Young.

Star of the show: Gareth is currently starring at Liverpool's arena alongside Emma Grace Arends and comedy favourite Bippo

Star of the show: Gareth is currently starring at Liverpool’s arena alongside Emma Grace Arends and comedy favourite Bippo

Shirt off: The former Pop Idol star also had the sleeves of his shirt torn away as he was pounced upon by the horned villain alongside leotard-clad dancers

Shirt off: The former Pop Idol star also had the sleeves of his shirt torn away as he was pounced upon by the horned villain alongside leotard-clad dancers

He said: ‘I definitely got more attention back then. I was a pop star with loads of hits. But I think I look better now. It’s taken me six years to get this body. I got into the gym when I was 30 and stopped partying.

‘But in the last couple of years I’ve started to take my fitness really seriously.’

Gareth said he spends two hours in the gym every day lifting weights and benchpressing, and consumes up to 4,000 calories a day.

The star said that despite getting far more attention during his pop days, he still gets the odd steamy DM from an overexcited fan.

Despite several years of chart-topping success, in recent years Gareth has performed on cruise ships, and had been working on a liner in the Caribbean Sea before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The star said he adds to his earnings by working in the stock market, though did lose £250,000 after being conned by some bad business advice.

Ripped: Gareth revealed that fans still prefer him as the 'skinny beanpole' from Pop Idol (left in 2019 and right in 2002) despite spending six years getting in shape

Throwback: The star admitted fans still prefer him as the 'skinny beanpole' from his Pop Idol days (above)

Ripped: Gareth revealed that fans still prefer him as the ‘skinny beanpole’ from Pop Idol (left in 2019 and right in 2002) despite spending six years getting in shape

Gareth also gushed about his blossoming romance with DJ Chloe, after meeting her while they were both working in Dubai.

Just weeks after meeting the pair moved in together at Gareth’s Wiltshire home after the UK was plunged into its first lockdown in March.

The star said lockdown also gave him the opportunity to spend more time with his daughter Missy, 11, who he shares with ex-wife Suzanne Mole.

Gareth split from his fiancée Faye last year after a seven-year romance, with sources claiming at the time they couldn’t make the relationship work.

Cute couple: Gareth also gushed about his romance with DJ Chloe McLennan after they moved in together when lockdown hit in March

Cute couple: Gareth also gushed about his romance with DJ Chloe McLennan after they moved in together when lockdown hit in March 

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