David Gandy, my lover, talks about his “fat” past and being bullied

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Isn’t my lover beautiful? His name is David Gandy, and he’s one of the most successful models in the industry. He’s British, and his voice is incredible, and Dolce & Gabbana are all over him for everything. He’s like their official muse. He’s only given a handful of extensive interviews over the years, and he usually strikes me as just an obscenely handsome guy who is pretty normal and down-to-earth in his personal life. He’s straight, and he’s had only a few relationships, and generally they seem to be with models, for what that’s worth. He just hasn’t met me yet. You may also know my lover because I feature him often on Hot Guy Friday – he’s the gorgeous, beefy Matt Bomer-esque one.

Anyway, Mr. Gandy has granted an interview to The Telegraph (full piece here) and he’s talking about his “fat” childhood and being bullied and… I just want to take him home with me. Sigh…

On having huge, half-naked billboards: ‘Some friends of mine who were over there sent me pictures on my phone,’ he says. ‘But if I had seen it I’m not sure how I would have felt. Probably nothing, to be honest. It’s a persona. It’s not really me. In life I don’t go around wearing just a pair of white pants – at least not on the number 14 bus down the Fulham Road.’

On being bigger than other male models: “Very early on I went to a casting for Dior and they asked me to try on a suit. I couldn’t even get one leg into the trousers, let alone put the jacket on. All the models were standing around going, ‘Hey, who’s the big guy?’ There was quite an unpleasant atmosphere there, quite intimidating. I remember thinking, ‘Are these guys appealing?’ They certainly weren’t appealing to me.’”

My lover is shy: Beneath his immaculate exterior he’s modest, even bashful, and says that the idea of being an object of desire makes him ‘want to hide under a chair… I’m not confident with women. I’m better than I was, but that’s not saying much. As a child I was pretty shy, and I’m not sure you ever lose that. It’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve been confident enough to go up and talk to a girl.’

On the strange life as a model: ‘At one stage I spent so much time on British Airways I was verging on being a steward. But it is a very strange life – Palm Springs one day, New York the next. It’s great, but it’s certainly not the life I ever expected for myself.’

On being bullied: ‘I got bullied quite a lot – partly because I was quite fat for a while, and partly because of the way I sounded.’ Gandy went to a comprehensive in Billericay, but hearing him speak you’d think he was a bit of a toff. ‘My parents didn’t come from wealthy backgrounds,’ he says. His father is a self-made entrepreneur. ‘But they did attach a lot of importance to the way you sounded.’

On being approached by women: ‘Women tend not to approach me. I’m not sure if they find me intimidating, but I’m probably quite pensive and I don’t necessarily look that approachable. Guys tend to be very wary. I think they expect me to believe my own hype and it’s quite difficult to convince them that I don’t.’

On being masculine in an effeminate industry: ‘I do think that when you’re advertising clothes, or a fragrance or whatever, it’s important that whoever the advertisement is aimed at should be able to relate to the person in it.’

He’s single: When he’s in London Gandy lives in a flat in Fulham – alone. ‘Yeah, my bachelor pad,’ he says with a rueful laugh. ‘The trouble is, I don’t think it’s fair to ask someone to put up with the sort of life I have. When I’m in a relationship I like to dedicate myself to that person and I just don’t have time for that at the moment.’

On exercise and diet: ‘I do work hugely at my physical fitness. One day I’ll do my chest, the next my arms – that sort of thing. As for food, I have to watch that, too. When I’m doing a shoot for [the Dolce & Gabbana fragrance] Light Blue, I cut out all carbohydrates for a month beforehand, work out every day and drink protein shakes at God-knows-what hours of the day and night.’

How his parents feel: Although his parents found his supermodel status weird at first, they’re now his biggest fans. ‘My mum keeps everything I do; my dad doesn’t make a big thing of it. But my mum told me they were on holiday once in Slovenia and these women were talking about being so transfixed by a Light Blue poster that they almost crashed their car. My dad leaned over and told them, ‘That’s my son.”‘

On being normal: While Gandy has friends in the fashion world – he’s particularly close to Mario Testino – his best chums are people he’s known since childhood. ‘A lot of them have no interest in fashion. We go out and have fun and never talk about clothes.’ He grins and flicks fluff off his lapel. ‘So you see,’ he says, not at all convincingly, ‘I’m just a normal guy from Essex.’

[From The Telegraph]

Oh, Jesus, he’s SINGLE!!! I’m buying my plane ticket right now. Must hunt down the Gandy. Honestly, though, he sounds really nice, doesn’t he? Don’t you approve of my lover? Doesn’t he seem like he’s actually a sweetheart? Sigh…

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28633, SANREMO, ITALY - Saturday February 21 2009. UK, USA, CANADIAN, AUSTRALIAN AND SOUTH AMERICAN USE ONLY: Dolce & Gabbana model David Gandy attends the 59th Canzone Festival in Sanremo. The model, who is originally from Britain, posed on a rooftop overlooking the charming Italian town. ©Clicphoto, PacificCoastNews.com ****** UK OFFICE: 131 557 7760/7761/7762 US OFFICE: 1 310 261 9676

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  1. Kitten says:

    This is like “Battle of The Best Eyes: Clive V. David” showdown.
    He sounds perfect. I love the hot guys that were made fun of as children because they tend to not know how hot they are. That way they don’t think they’re too good for me…

  2. mauweebound says:

    Death by Gandy, yep that’s how I wanna go.

  3. truthSF says:

    Kaiser, I’m sorry that you really believe that my man is your lover. Your delusions would be rather cute if you weren’t so damn serious about him. But as you should know, i’m not a woman who likes to share.

  4. Kaiser says:

    *getting bitch-shank out and preparing for duel to the death*

  5. Girafe99 says:

    That come to me pose, I want to be there!

  6. kimmm says:

    I never heard his voice before where can i find a clip or something ?

  7. Kj says:

    Oh. Oh my. He’s gorgeous. Normally male models these days can edge on the too waif like and effeminate for me. I’m definitely a girl who likes lean muscle and manly manliness, and hearing him talk about being bigger than the other models, then slowly examining his beefy bod in those pics for…a very long time, I think I’m in lust. And I agree with whoever said it’s great that he was a picked on chubster. Hot guys who don’t really know they’re hot are the absolute best.

  8. Renee says:

    Holy Moly! I am speachless! Or not…he sounds like a sweet heart.

  9. Kitten says:

    @Kimmm: I believe Kaiser posted a clip of him talking a while back. Should be in the archives…

  10. Rose says:

    Beautiful man, but totally gay.

  11. Mia Girl says:

    I wanna see his little kid “fat” pictures. It would only make him all the more sexy.

  12. Relli says:

    omg he is breath taking. He’s bigger than most male models, in what sense.

    I cannot stop looking…………..

  13. Cheyenne says:

    Truth and Kaiser, I’ma get my ghetto on and kick both your asses. He’s MINE and don’t neither one of you ho’s forget it!!

  14. hoganbcmj says:

    wow, he is smokin’
    though he doesn’t look very big … or very masculine, for that matter.
    it’s not exactly “masculine” to pop your booty like Beyonce in front of the mirror.

  15. Bailey says:

    this man makes me drool, blush and weak in my knees

  16. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    OMG!! Kaiser, those pics… oh those pics… His ass is so nice, you can bounce a quarter off that SOB. whew..

    I love the pic where he’s laying back inviting me to lay on top…..

    K Bye!

  17. Cheyenne says:

    OMG, those eyes… I could drown in those eyes….

    (Wouldn’t it be a complete bummer if he turned out to be a douche in real life. But DAMN, he looks good!)

  18. Kimble says:

    Saw him do an interview on Wendy Williams and he is such a nice unassuming guy. The accent is not a big thing for me because I have a matching one of my own ;-) but he is definitely on my “next potential husband” list and I’ll just sneak in round the back while you bitches are mud wrestling!

  19. truthSF says:

    Lol @Kaiser, sorry for the late reply, but I had a parent-teacher conference to attend. But I’m back now and I’m ready for the Gandy dual to the death, BRING IT BITCH!!! :)

  20. Kaiser says:

    Wow, some sluts really want to get shanked in here!

  21. Maritza says:

    Kind of gay looking poses if you ask me. He looks a bit like Ricky Martin but with blue eyes.

  22. truthSF says:

    Wow, I never knew defending MY man made me a slut!!

    @Cheyenne: No he’s not a douche. He is a very nice and respectful person, which causes some crazy whore(s) (Kaiser) to think that he wants them when he was just being polite.

  23. heathen says:

    Even if I had a chance with him, I wouldn’t go through with it — I’m too intimidated by his perfect body to actually get naked in front of him–not that I’m chopped liver but come on! He looks like a Greek statue.

  24. Xx says:

    Whoa!! I think my heart stopped.

  25. funny_girl says:

    theres an interview on jonathan ross on youtube and jonathan asks him if hes gay! but he says he’s not. he seems like a nice guy though

  26. lolo says:

    That man sure has a nice looking ass.

  27. Fire says:

    I don’t care for him.

    I can’t even type that with a straight face! He is absolutely STUNNING! I can’t take my eyes off that first picture of him lying on the bed. That ASS!

    If I wasn’t a happily married woman I would: lose 30 pounds, grow 2 inches, become a model, fly to Essex, wait for him to come home from NYC or Palm Springs or wherever, and do WHATEVER he wanted! Simple, right? Oh, well, have fun fighting over him, girls. I will just look at my new screen saver again and again and again…

  28. Cheyenne says:

    *putting a choke hold on Kaiser while I whack Kimble upside the head*

    Alla y’all back the eff off! HE IS MINE, do you hear?!

    @lolo: nice looking ass? He’s got a nice looking everything.

  29. Jean says:

    He looks really good in that leather jacket. Oh, that reminds me, DCI Gene Hunt for Hot Guy Friday!

  30. TeeTee says:

    OH GOD!! he is gorgeous–he needs to be on the big screen–that’s what I’d love to see for a full 2 hrs or more.

    he’s like art–his eyes, yummmm!!!

  31. KsGirl says:

    YES YES YES DCI GENE HUNT! Ahem, sorry for caps, got a little enthused there. I remember the guilty feeling when I first realized I thought Gene Hunt was sexy, but as Life on Mars (UK version) progressed, I ignored my shame and reveled in the big drunken 70′s slab of beef.

    *pre-emptively shanks Jean, just to be sure*

  32. bizzy says:

    whatevs, i know you’ll just throw him over the next time gerard man-boobs butler gives you the glad eye.

  33. Shazza says:

    Gandy is lovely.
    I do love a good Essex boy, though.
    That’s why I married one.

  34. Jean says:

    @KsGirl
    Back. Off. My. Man. Slowly!
    I’m not one to share.
    But I shall have some pity on you, for feeling and thinking the exact same things while watching Life on Mars & Ashes to Ashes. Maybe I could interest you in a Raymondo? Comes with even worse manners and um…will always excuse your bitchy behavior by thinking it’s that time of the month again…(the entire month).

  35. Maravilha says:

    Hey Kaiser, you might want to check this, if you haven’t seen it before:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqtgNyBCaAk

    And he’s got a sexy voice to go with the hot body!!

  36. indi says:

    This was from the UK’s Daily Mail (Oct 7th) about Kate Winslet’s new man Louis Dowler.

    “Louis owns a flat in West London and roars around on a motorbike, which is his hobby along with gardening.

    He is best pals with David Gandy, who models underwear for D&G and has a reputation as a ladykiller.

    He and Gandy were seen ­surrounded by girls at the V Festival in late August. Naturally, they had backstage passes and were hanging out in the Mahiki bar, an offshoot of the club run by Prince Harry’s friend Guy Pelly.
    ‘They were swamped with girls backstage and were happy to flirt,’ said a fellow ­festival-goer, who saw him having a few glasses of ­champagne with an attractive female.”

    FYI.

  37. Kitten says:

    @#42-So you’re saying Gandy’s gay?
    Just kidding..but you know that’s coming.
    “Louis Dowler and David Gandy are in love!”
    “Kate Winslet is a beard for Louis Dowler!” etc etc.

    PS-I wanna own a flat in West London and roar around on a motorbike :(

  38. mauweebound says:

    @ maravilha watched that clip, God he’s lovely!
    Doesn’t set off my gaydar at all, but who cares anyway, that man is beautiful!

  39. me2also says:

    Oh yes he does sound delicious! Too perfect to be true, but I wouldn’t mind finding out first hand *melting*

  40. Diva says:

    Shoulda spent more time in Billericay when I lived in Basildon.

    He’s almost TOO perfect.

  41. Camille says:

    Nice butt.

    Well I’ll give you this Kaiser, this dude is far better looking (and cleaner looking too HA) than that Gerry Butler douche that you normally go on about. :lol:

  42. Samigirl says:

    I just want to bite his tush. That is all. I could die a very happy woman :)

  43. viper says:

    Why am I the only one who does NOT find him all that good looking?

  44. heathen says:

    @viper — um, maybe you need to see the eye doctor. He is perfect — Greek God perfect. This is what “man” looks like — all the rest of those guys running around are “lesser versions.” There can be no debate! :-)

  45. sickofit says:

    Love love the answer about his parents so lovely and his dad going: thats my son.
    hes good looking but not my type hes too nice :-)

  46. Cheyenne says:

    @Rose and Kitten, I don’t care if he’s gay, I’ll un-gay him in a Noo Yawk minute.

  47. Kate says:

    Come on now, if he was gay he would admit that shit; he is in the fashion industry, and being a gay male model does not have any effect on one’s success. If anything it would make him more appealing to the gay fashion fanboys.

    With that out of the way, I must say I want to smother him in bbq sauce and turn him like a rib! Lord have mercy, I would wreck that man.

  48. lala in nYc says:

    this man is ridiculously good looking!

    i want an awards ceremony where we invite david gandy to be our Celebitchy Man of the YEAR!! And VIP seats for moi pls!

  49. Tibet Girl says:

    MY GOD!!! He is a work of art! Kaiser – I will take your leftovers ANY DAY!

  50. DeeVine says:

    Kaiser, please can I share your boyfriend with you? Pretty please?

  51. DiMi says:

    Oh. My. God. Yup, let’s just all move to England and fight it out. He looks like a man instead of a boy like most models.

    If he can act, he needs to be put in movies immediately. If he cannot act, he still needs to be put in movies immediately.

  52. funny says:

    He definitely looks gay to me :p sorry :p

  53. Toe says:

    God took 10 seconds of his precious time just to make that perfect ass. Damn he’s HOT!! Wait….it’s not Friday yet….and I already need to change my underwear???!!!

  54. KPM says:

    I don’t know what in the hell I was doing back in 2010 NOT to have ever seen Gandy……but daaaaaaaaayum! He is the perfect eye candy!!!!! Whew! Been a long time since I have been totally breathless over a celeb personality……….OMG! I’m done…