Strictlys HRVY almost lost Emmerdale girlfriend Mimi Slinger over prison show

Pop star HRVY nearly lost his girlfriend as well as his freedom by signing up for prison show Banged Up: Stars Behind Bars.

The former Strictly runner-up, 24, revealed Emmerdale actress Mimi Slinger, 20, “really wasn’t happy”. He said: “I was in a lot of trouble at first and she really didn’t want me to do it. She was petrified for me.”

HRVY, who has been dating Mimi for 18 months, went on: “She kept saying, ‘Why the f*** would you want to do a show like this?’ It all worked out in the end though and she’s proud of me.”

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HRVY is one of seven celebs to be “jailed” for eight days in an old prison with real ex-cons. He said: “It was genuinely terrifying at times.

"I was constantly being threatened with rape and assault. One time I’d been to the shower and they were trying to rip my towel off me.”

But he added: “The hardest thing and the only time I called for the producers was because I couldn’t cope with the snoring. Being locked up was so draining mentally that being sleep deprived as well was like torture.”

HRVY – real name Harvey Leigh Cantwell – found fame in 2013 with the release of his first single, Thank You. He went on to support Little Mix on tour and present on CBBC.

After a number of years in the industry, in 2020 he joined Strictly Come Dancing and was paired with Janette Manrara. They were the first couple to get a 10 in that series and eventually came in fourth place.

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Meanwhile, girlfriend Mimi is best known for playing Leanna Cavanagh in Emmerdale. The tragic character, who appeared between 2018 and 2023, was eventually killed off by villain Meena Jutla.

Banged Up: Stars Behind Bars continues on Tuesday at 9.15pm on Channel 4

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