Monday 24 September 2018

Paul Young says he lost precious recordings of late wife in burglary of home carried out by TV chef Gino D'Acampo in 1998

Paul Young's wife Stacey dies after cancer battle (Yui Mok/PA)
Paul Young's wife Stacey dies after cancer battle (Yui Mok/PA)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Paul Young has revealed he lost precious recordings of his late wife Stacey in a burglary of his home carried out in 1998.

TV chef Gino D'Acampo (42) was convicted of the robbery, which he carried out when he was 21-years-old, and he was jailed for two years.

Among the items taken were a £4,000 guitar, platinum disc, and music recordings which featured Stacey's voice.  Paul got most of the stuff back, but not the recordings.

Stacey died in January following a battle with brain cancer and, speaking to the Mirror, Paul said that losing those recordings is difficult now in the wake of her death.

Philip Schofield, Gino D'Acampo and Holly Willoughby on This Morning
Philip Schofield, Gino D'Acampo and Holly Willoughby on This Morning

“I’ve got mixed feelings about it. When Stacey went there were certain bits of music I never got back," he told the publication.

“Let’s say that – and that hurt me.”

Regarding the robbery he said he tries to keep a "light-hearted attitude" as D'Acampo "gets enough stick on social networking" over the incident, for which D'Acampo has previously apologised. Young revealed in 2011 that he had accepted his apology.

The TV chef, who regularly features on ITV's This Morning, married his wife Jessica in 2002 and they have three children.  He previously told What's On TV that his two-year stint in prison helped him turn his life around.

Paul and Stacey, a former model, married in 1987.  They had met on the video shoot for his second single Come Back and Stay in 1983.

Stacey was 52 when she died in the presence of her husband and children, daughters Levi and Layla, and son Grady.

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