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Hollyoaks Jeremy Edwards reveals he and ex-fiancee Rachel Stevens turned down £2m payday for their wedding photos

JEREMY Edwards has revealed that he and his ex-fiancee Rachel Stevens once turned down £2 million for their wedding photos- and he really regrets it.

The Hollyoaks actor, 50, was engaged to marry the S Club 7 star back in 2002 but the couple split the following year before making it down the aisle.

Discussing what could have been, Jeremy now admits that fame led to the breakdown of their romance, which was huge news at the time as they were considered a real golden couple.

He told The Box Podcast: “Rachel knows this. The attention was the destruction of our relationship, both Rachel and I have agreed that the pressure was so much when we got engaged.

“We could not go anywhere. I kid you not, we'd go on a holiday, and there would be helicopter circling with people trying to take photos of us by the pool.



“We were offered stupid amounts of money, £2million to sell our wedding photos, honeymoon photos and our first born, and I turned it down. I just thought, “this is ridiculous”.”

The star – who recently returned to the channel 4 soap – added: “I wish I'd done it. I could've made a s**tload of money and had a bit more privacy. I'd be living in The Bahamas or something.”

Despite their split, the couple remained friends and have both gone on to marry someone else.

Jeremy, who appeared on Celebrity X Factor, married Lydia Metz in 2009 and the couple are currently expecting their second child.

“When we broke up, we respected and we still loved each other. It just wasn't going to work. Right. And that's a nice thing, “ he said.  “There was no one else involved. So it was a mature thing to do.

“I see her around and we're still friends, it's nice. I know Alex and she's met Lydia and all the rest of it. So it's not a big deal.”

During the interview, Jeremy revealed he turned down one of Hollyoaks’ most iconic storylines – Gary Lucy’s rape scene.

He said: “I was very under confident. They offered me the male rape storyline, which Gary Lucy did brilliantly, but they offered that to me and I turned it down because I genuinely didn't know I could do it justice.

“At that time I was just like, “Oh, I don't know”. I didn't feel comfortable with it. I found it quite hard. I was sort of leaving and just riding off into the sunset and I just kind of wanted to keep it like that.

“But they wanted to tempt me with it, basically wanting me to stay and I didn't want to.”

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