At only 19 years old, Chesney Hawkes became a young heartthrob after ‘The One And Only’, his 1991 debut single, became an overnight triumph.
As Hawkes enjoyed his new rock star way of life, his face appeared on a great number of teen magazines as well as on the bedroom walls of devoted fans.
Unfortunately for him, the title of his hit single turned out to be painfully accurate – because this song was his one and only hit. Suddenly dropped by his record label and being refused the chance to get back in touch with them, Hawkes realised that he had been left near penniless.
From his Los Angeles recording studio, Hawkes did admit that he completely blew the cash he’d earned from the single.
It was a hard lesson for him to learn, particularly at such a young age. The now 44 year old also says that he doesn’t have any regrets from that time, aside from wishing he’d been a bit more cautious with his money spending after receiving the fortune.
“Extravagant spending? Oh God yes – it was ridiculous!” he said.
“I bought everyone in my family a car, I bought my mum a convertible Mercedes. I bought a studio at a ridiculous cost – just insane.
“Also, when you’re famous you have an entourage. We used to go out all the time in London, go to clubs – and it was all on my bill.
“I was very generous about all that kind of stuff, you know? But eventually it just all went! You think it’s only going to get better and better.
“I’d been spending way too much money. I wasn’t very sensible. I got to the point where I couldn’t afford to even pay the mortgage.
“When I first released ‘The One And Only’ nobody knew it was going to be so big. I just thought, ‘Oh, this is was happens when you release a record? Brilliant! Let’s release another’.”
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