Regardless of what Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston confirmed us in “The Bodyguard,” operating safety for a stunning feminine movie star doesn’t normally result in love. However the strains can actually get blurred, at the very least from the surface wanting in.
“The issue is, you’re sort of the last word man: You get the door, you carry the luggage, you’re all the time good and do as you’re advised,” Simon Newton advised The Publish. “However that’s not actually you, is it? No man is like that. Folks get combined up with being a boyfriend and a bodyguard.”
The 41-year-old Londoner has been a bodyguard for the likes of Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Rita Ora and Naomi Campbell, to not point out Michael Jackson.
With brooding attractiveness, cartoonish muscle tissue and a natty private type, Newton appears to be like like he was dreamed up by Man Ritchie’s casting director. The truth is, he had a small half in Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes 2: A Sport of Shadows,” in addition to “Inexperienced Zone” starring Matt Damon. He was additionally a physique double for Dave Bautista in 2018’s “Closing Rating.”
“The whole lot I do, I’m all the time typecast because the bodyguard, soldier, policeman, jail inmate, gangster, robust man. I by no means get the gay-librarian elements,” Newton stated with fun. “However I’d have a go at that, too.”
Now he is able to command as a lot of the highlight as his former shoppers do. This yr was set to be a busy one. He had two film roles lined up: an motion flick to be filmed in Los Angeles and a brief movie set in London, however each had been postponed due to the pandemic. He’s presently procuring a reality-TV competitors present through which contestants will attempt to see if they’ve the chops to make it as a bodyguard.
“I’ve completed all the pieces you would do within the [security] trade,” Newton advised The Publish. That features establishing his personal safety agency, Askari Safe Ltd. “And now with the performing, It’s a brand new path for me.”
Not unhealthy for a self-proclaimed “fats child” whose fundamental objective rising up was to affix the army.
“The whole lot in my life has simply come alongside. I’ve been provided alternatives and thought, ‘Yeah, I’m going to have a go at that.’ I by no means actually deliberate something,” he admitted. “I feel all people will get possibly three life-changing alternatives in a lifetime. Whether or not they selected to take and even determine them is as much as them.”
Though his hasn’t all the time been a glamorous existence. He needed to train off some severe weight to be accepted into the British Military, which stationed him in Iraq within the early 2000s. When he was provided a job with a non-public safety firm based mostly in London, he left the army and labored in Iraq and Afghanistan and even protected oil tankers within the Indian Ocean.
“They used to get taken captive by pirates, so we might defend the ship when it was touring to port cities,” Newton recalled. “That was surreal.”
In 2006 life turned much more weird when he was assigned to guard Michael Jackson.
“You received’t ever take care of anybody harder than Michael Jackson. I don’t imply him personally — however his fan base was simply horrendous. It was the toughest,” stated Newton, including that rabid devotees of the singer would e book rooms in no matter resort Jackson was staying, and rent black cabs to be on standby 24 hours a day to chase Jacko round city.
“In every single place we went, we needed to be meticulous and get him straight inside a constructing as a result of the gang buildup was insane.”
Newton began garnering his personal fan base whereas guarding a number of the world’s most lovely ladies. “Once I was taking care of Bella, Vogue did an article on me. And other people began saying, ‘Oh I wish to be a bodyguard and be in Vogue.’ They don’t know what I’ve completed within the 13 years to have the ability to do that,” stated Newton. He additionally landed within the pages of GQ and “I sort of slipped into health modeling one way or the other.”
Following celebrities to movie premieres and different glamorous events, he started to satisfaction himself on his private type. “I noticed that when you begin to look bodily match, you’ll be able to spoil it when you don’t have the appropriate garments.” He depends on Sloane Tailors in Knightsbridge, London to suit his duds to his muscular physique. And he isn’t afraid of a bit of flamboyance: Newton’s most up-to-date buy was a green-velvet dinner jacket.
His star shoppers:
Since giving up being a bodyguard about two years in the past to run his personal agency, he has additionally had extra time for a private life. For the final yr and a half, he’s been in a long-distance relationship with model-turned-attorney Jennifer Mancuso. The pair met in London on an evening out and journey forwards and backwards between England and Canada, the place she resides.
“This has been one of many first occasions that I’ve been in a position to have a correct relationship as a result of, earlier than, I might get a telephone name and be out of the door in two hours and never again for 3 months,” he stated. “Folks type of see me and generally suppose I’ve the golden life, however they haven’t seen the sacrifices I’ve made through the years to have the ability to go away and do my job.”
And now he’s able to sacrifice differently: “I’m not going to say that I’m going to get a number one half as James Bond however I’m trying to frequently get wise roles.”
Hey, to borrow a title from 007: By no means say by no means.