30th August 2012
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People really like celebrities. Some people like them a lot. And then there are people like Jonathan Gregory, who just want to be near them – a lot. In his quest to find and follow celebs Jonathan’s time includes waiting around for hours on end outside concerts, to screaming hysterically at a Nicki Minaj concert resulting in a dance with her, to jumping in a taxi and shouting ‘follow that van’ to get in the vicinity of Conor Maynard. He has put a lot of time, effort and money into getting some small moments with over 100 famous faces. I asked him about his life following the famous.... How did your interest in meeting celebrities start? Well since I’ve been young I’ve always been interested in what celebrities do and just loved going to concerts and things. Then just over two years ago I met my first celebrity (the Saturdays) after trying to meet The Wanted. I just loved the little phase of excitement I got from meeting them and just wanted to meet more. So as I came to terms with how to meet celebrities, and as I’ve continued over the two years, I’ve just learnt different ways to meet them and it’s became more of a hobby than just an attempt. Some would say that your interest in celebrities is classed as stalking. Would you agree? I wouldn’t agree that my interest is classed as stalking, but I could easily see why some people’s attempts could be seen as 'stalking'. A lot of the times that I have met celebrities have been at concerts through meet and greets, as well as public signings for CD's and books that are planned by the celebrity themselves. So you have met over 100 celebrities! Who would you say was the most memorable person you met? Definitely Nicki Minaj. She picked fans out of the crowd to join her on stage to sing with her at her concert and I was lucky enough to be picked, going onto that stage and getting to hug one off my favourite people and seeing all the people in the arena staring at me will literally stay with me forever, best experience of my life! So how many concerts have you attended? Erm … like around 30 odd I’d say. And who would you say was the best live?
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