I fronted a ’90s boy band and sold 3 million records, but I left fame and became an apprentice chef

A TOP boy band star with an equally famous pop singer wife traded chart success for a completely different career.

Jade Jones, 44, is best known as the lead singer of the ’90s boy band Damage and is married to Spice Girl Emma Bunton, 47.

A top boy band star switched fame for a completely different career


A top boy band star switched fame for a completely different careerPhoto credit: Getty
Jade Jones had chart success as part of Damage


Jade Jones had chart success as part of DamagePhoto credit: Getty
Jade is married to Spice Girl Emma Bunton


Jade is married to Spice Girl Emma BuntonPhoto credit: Getty

The R&B group have sold more than 2.6 million records worldwide with singles such as “Wonderful Tonight” which reached number three in the UK Singles Chart.

Damage disbanded in 2001 before reuniting in 2014 for the ITV2 show The Big Reunion.

But while Jade proved immensely popular with fans, he turned his back on fame.

He traded the stage for the kitchen, became a chef and worked at the five-star hotel Claridge’s.

He even worked with 56-year-old Gordon Ramsay, impressing the chef on his TV show The F Word.

Jade also demonstrated his gourmet flair at the high-end Hotel Connaught in London’s Mayfair.

Previously he said that Daily mail he was “serious” about opening a place with the Spice Girl.

He said, “Yes, I want to open a restaurant with Emma.”

“We don’t know exactly when and where yet, but we are seriously considering it.”

He added, “I won’t let Emma in the kitchen anymore.”

“I heard Gordon Ramsay has two kitchens in his house so we could do the same.

“One for me and one for her.”

Emma and Jade finally married in July 2021 after Baby Spice posted a photo of their special day to her Instagram.

Captioned with a gorgeous photo of the couple, Emma simply wrote, “Mr and Mrs Jones!”

The couple had been engaged since January 21, 2011, with Emma previously revealing that they “don’t need a wedding to justify our relationship.”

Jade’s managerial move came after a ’90s Britpop star was left completely unrecognizable following his band’s bitter breakup.

Meanwhile, we recently reported on how American rocker Dan Spitz traded his guitarist role in metal band Anthrax for a career as a watchmaker.

A ’90s hitmaker also transitioned to pop stardom to train as a psychiatrist – much to the surprise of fans.

Also, the frontman of a Canadian rock band has completely transformed his look from his loose blond locks.

Meanwhile, another British rocker completely changed his career and became a psychologist.

Simon Rowbottom rose to fame in the 1990s along with Steve Hewitt, Tim Brown, Martin Carr, Rob Harrison and Rob Cieka in top alternative rock band The Boo Radleys.

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Additionally, Simon isn’t the only member of the Wallasey-based group to return to a normal career.

Bassist Tim Brown gave up fame to become an IT teacher in Northern Ireland.

Damage disbanded in 2001


Damage disbanded in 2001Photo credit: Getty
Jade traded the stage for the kitchen and became a top chef


Jade traded the stage for the kitchen and became a top chefPhoto credit: Getty
He previously spoke about opening a restaurant with Goodbye singer Emma


He previously spoke about opening a restaurant with Goodbye singer EmmaPhoto credit: Getty

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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