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Matt Goss says he turned to phone sex during pandemic ahead of new album release

His musings about life on Bros documentary After The Screaming Stops became as popular as the group’s hits.

And singer Matt Goss is not holding back on his new album – “the best pop record I’ve ever written” – with songs about phone sex, love during Covid and mental health struggles.

The BBC documentary became a huge hit at Christmas 2018 as Matt and twin Luke prepared for a reunion gig alongside old pal Craig Logan.

The brothers, who had huge hits including When Will I Be Famous? and I Owe You Nothing, revealed their pain after the fame game chewed them up and spat them out.

It also spawned baffling quotes from Matt including: “The letters H.O.M.E. are so important because they personify the word home.”

Others were “The best toy we had growing up was a dart. No dart board, just a dart” and “Rome wasn’t built in a day. But we don’t have the time Rome had.”

Although Matt insists he doesn’t care about being mocked for his ramblings.

He says: “I don’t care if people take the p*** out of my analogies but when you undress your soul, so does the audience. If you’re not honest, the audience can sense it.”

Now Matt addresses coming out of the other side of anger and sadness on his brilliantly upbeat new single Somewhere To Fall.

He says: “I wanted to rest my strength. I didn’t want to talk about weakness.

“I want to reposition everyone’s thinking and say: ‘It’s OK. We all need somewhere to fall and rest your strength, whether it be your partner, friend or a place you go’.”

Despite struggling himself in the pandemic and losing friends to Covid, Matt, 52, ­released a fundraising single for the NHS.

He says: “I had moments of extreme loneliness. I’m better when I have a sense of purpose, so I felt I had to contribute.

“I focused on my mental health issues and helped people get through a very dark time.

“Then I had this mission in my mind to write the best pop record I’ve ever written in my life.

“I want to create music Brits can be proud of. I didn’t want to write a record that reminds anyone of anything else.”

After 11 years in Las Vegas, the singer has put the residency behind him to tour the new album, which covers topics including the difficulty of romance in lockdown.

Speaking from his LA home, he says: “There’s a song on the album about dysfunctional relationships I had, meeting someone during Covid and having phone sex.

“Technology keeps you connected. While I’m an old-school romantic and love writing letters, I love FaceTime – most of my conversations are on it.

“You can get to somebody’s personality much quicker when you can see them. I was in a relationship for a year, and it didn’t work out.

“We didn’t see eye to eye on what I wanted out of life – and how I live my life.”

Matt, who previously dated presenter Melanie Sykes, 51, and was engaged to Cuban TV star Daisy Fuentes, 54, adds: “The person I was seeing had this obsession that we had to share online.

“I said: ‘That’s not going to happen until I know we’re not arguing and you’re not going to storm out.’

“I don’t mind talking about anything personal but my private life has to stay there until I know we’re going to get married.”

There were rumours of a new Bros album after the brothers played a handful of reunion gigs following their documentary.

“We’re a while away from that,” reveals Matt. “My brother is on his journey painting and he’s doing incredibly well.

“We do want to make an album, but I want to tour this album. I’d love to do festivals like Glastonbury.”

Double-jabbed Matt believes vaccines are the key to getting gigs properly back up and running.

“If this is one big conspiracy and we’re going to get the vaccine and turn into mutants, we’re f***ed anyway,” he says. “I’m vaccinated and would encourage people to get vaccinated.

“I’ve lost dear friends to Covid.

“It’s my responsibility – if I’m going out to perform, I have to keep myself and other people safe.

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“My stance is we should try to do the best we can to stop this thing.”

Stylish Matt, who has filmed a cinematic promo for his new single, is also keen to branch out into other areas.

He says: “It’s my dream to be a lifestyle designer and have my own brand.

“I’d like to have my own affordable brand that had style and a beautiful aesthetic.”

He also plans to carry on spreading positivity, adding: “I have the ability to lift people’s spirits, with not only music but conversation and inclusion.

“My dream is – if the universe and public allow me – to experience everything with a clearer mind and ­slower pace.

“To hopefully be part of the gang where we can all lift each other up.”

Matt’s new single Somewhere To Fall is out on Friday with his album The Beautiful Unknown to follow

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