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Matt Goss’ wild life – dart in ribs, Kray friendship and curing man of cancer

From kinky fans to Tinder bans, the Bros boys have seen it all over their years as pop sensations.

Having formed the band in 1986 with friend Craig Logan when they were just schoolboys, Matt and Luke Gross were quickly catapulted to success.

They rose to fame with toe-tapping hits including 'When Will I Be Famous' and 'I Owe You Nothing' and sold an estimated 16 million records worldwide.

'Brosmania' drove legions of obsessive fans wild, but the Gross brothers were forced to go it alone when Craig left the band in 1989, eventually splitting up altogether in 1992.

Matt enjoyed chart success with his solo career, while Luke became a Hollywood actor in big budget blockbusters including Blade II and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

They would reunite in 2016 for their 30th anniversary, then released must-see doc Bros: After the Screaming Stops in November 2018 as they prepared for their London reunion gig at the O2.

As the twins celebrate their 52nd birthday today, here is a look back at some of the wildest moments of their lives.

Darts injury

Bros fans discovered a lot about the twins' childhood during their documentary, Bros: After the Screaming Stops.

Most of the show shows the pair stave off arguments about the show, but in between there are moments of glory and utter absurdity.

One of the most bizarre stories involved the lads playing with a single dart, but they had no board to throw it in.

"The best toy we had growing up was a dart. No dart board, just a dart," explained Matt in the doc.

However, this didn't stop the boys having fun and they played a rather dangerous game with their dart to pass the time.

"We used to have a dart that we would throw up in the air for as long as we could and then we’d stay as still for as long as we could. One time it unfortunately landed in Matt’s rib," explained Luke.

But the lads were undeterred by the nasty accident and continued playing their strange game.

Matt added: "Yeah, my rib. So we ran over here and my granddad pulled the dart out, gave it back to me and we carried on playing. And now you can’t even play f***ing conkers in England."

'Frisky' fans and Tinder

The boys have always been a hit with the ladies – and their fans are all gown up now.

In April 2017, Matt admitted that middle-age had made their fans "more frisky" than in the 80s.

He said: “The Brosettes used to want to hug us back in the day, and now they want to do a whole lot more than that. And visa versa.

“We’re men now. The hormones are firmly in place. It’s just different.

“There could be a couple of long, overnight meaningful relationships.”

Drummer Luke wed singer Shirley Lewis in 1994, but confessed he still likes to have fun and a bit of a giggle with their fans.

While ladies man Matt, who has not found the woman of his dreams just yet, has turned to Tinder in recent years.

But he wasn't quite as successful as in real life, as he was stunned to be banned from the dating app.

Women had a hard time believing it was really heartthrob Matt ­chatting to them.

They thought he was actually a “catfish” posing as a celebrity so they reported him to administrators.

“I got reported because they thought it was fake,” he revealed in August last year.

“They said, ‘Matt won’t take kindly to you using his photos’. It was quite funny.”

Reggie Kray Friendship

Matt got a shock one day when he answered his phone and was astounded when a gravelly voice said: "Hello, mate – it’s Reggie. Reggie Kray."

The call out of the blue was the start of a bizarre friendship with the notorious gangland murderer, who had been caged for life with twin Ronnie in 1969 when Matt was just a baby.

Before Reggie's death from bladder cancer in 2000, Matt would speak to the East End gangster every other day.

Matt even visited the killer in prison – and one of his most treasured ­possessions is a bracelet Reggie gave him engraved with “The Krays”.

"I used to speak to him every other day – he would call and read me his poetry," Matt told the Sunday People in November 2013.

"Sometimes he’d ring me every day to read me his poetry and I’d go and see him in prison, too.”

"He had got hold of my number because he felt an affinity to me as a twin."

Matt admitted he saw a kind and artistic side to Reggie that not many had experienced.

"He was full of life and very, very kind to me," explained Matt

"He’d always say before he read his poetry, ‘Do you want to hear my words?’

"I’d lay there listening to Reggie Kray reading me poetry and it was good. He’d write about his feelings."

Cancer curing claim

Matt has even claimed to have cured a man of cancer with healing powers inherited from his granddad.

While in the US, Matt said he saw the man in a restaurant and "had this overwhelming feeling he was in pain".

Speaking to The Mirror in August 2018, Matt explained: "He recognised me and I said, ‘Are you OK?’. His face went pale and he said, ‘I’m in terrible pain, I’ve got cancer’. I said, ‘Do you mind if I give you some healing?’

"I gave him healing by laying my hands on him."

The man later contacted Matt’s assistant to say he felt better, so the 1980s chart topper did it again.

He said: "I gave him some more healing and I laid my hands on him and he said, ‘Feel my back, I’ve got lumps everywhere’. I said ‘I don’t feel that. Would you just go and get re-diagnosed?’

"He did, and I got this joyous message and he said, ‘I don’t have cancer’.

"I’m not very religious but I have a beautiful deep-rooted faith in myself and I believe that my healing qualities were passed on to me by my grandad."

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