Despite what Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston confirmed us in “The Bodyguard,” working safety for a stunning feminine celeb does not normally lead to love. But the strains can definitely get blurred, a minimum of from the outdoors wanting in.
“The drawback is, you’re form of the final man: You get the door, you carry the luggage, you’re at all times good and do as you’re informed,” Simon Newton informed The Post. “But that is not actually you, is it? No man is like that. People 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, not to point out Michael Jackson.
With brooding beauty, cartoonish muscle mass and a natty private fashion, Newton seems to be like he was dreamed up by Guy Ritchie’s casting director. In truth, he had a small half in Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows,” in addition to “Green Zone” starring Matt Damon. He was additionally a physique double for Dave Bautista in 2018’s “Final Score.”
“Everything I do, I’m at all times typecast as the bodyguard, soldier, policeman, jail inmate, gangster, robust man. I by no means get the gay-librarian components,” Newton mentioned with amusing. “But I’d have a go at that, too.”
Now he’s prepared 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 have been postponed due to the pandemic. He is at the moment purchasing a reality-TV competitors show wherein contestants will attempt to see if they’ve the chops to make it as a bodyguard.
“I’ve performed all the things you would do in the [security] business,” Newton informed The Post. That contains establishing his personal safety agency, Askari Secure Ltd. “And now with the performing, It’s a brand new path for me.”
Not dangerous for a self-proclaimed “fats child” whose predominant objective rising up was to be a part of the navy.
“Everything in my life has simply come alongside. I’ve been supplied alternatives and thought, ‘Yeah, I’m going to have a go at that.’ I by no means actually deliberate something,” he admitted. “I believe all people will get perhaps three life-changing alternatives in a lifetime. Whether they selected to take and even establish them is up to them.”
Although his hasn’t at all times been a glamorous existence. He had to train off some critical weight to be accepted into the British Army, which stationed him in Iraq in the early 2000s. When he was supplied a job with a personal safety firm primarily based in London, he left the navy and labored in Iraq and Afghanistan and even protected oil tankers in the Indian Ocean.
“They used to get taken captive by pirates, so we’d 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 defend Michael Jackson.
“You will not ever take care of anybody harder than Michael Jackson. I do not imply him personally — however his fan base was simply horrendous. It was the hardest,” mentioned Newton, including that rabid devotees of the singer would e book rooms in no matter lodge Jackson was staying, and rent black cabs to be on standby 24 hours a day to chase Jacko round city.
“Everywhere we went, we had to be meticulous and get him straight inside a constructing as a result of the crowd buildup was insane.”
Newton began garnering his personal fan base whereas guarding a few of the world’s most lovely girls. “When I used to be taking care of Bella, Vogue did an article on me. And folks began saying, ‘Oh I would like to be a bodyguard and be in Vogue.’ They do not know what I’ve performed in the 13 years to have the option to do that,” mentioned Newton. He additionally landed in the pages of GQ and “I form of slipped into health modeling by some means.”
Following celebrities to movie premieres and different glamorous events, he started to pleasure himself on his private fashion. “I noticed that when you begin to look bodily match, you may damage it if you do not have the proper garments.” He depends on Sloane Tailors in Knightsbridge, London to match his duds to his muscular physique. And he is not afraid of just a little 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 is been in a long-distance relationship with model-turned-attorney Jennifer Mancuso. The pair met in London on an evening out and journey backwards and forwards between England and Canada, the place she resides.
“This has been one in all the first instances that I’ve been in a position to have a correct relationship as a result of, earlier than, I’d get a cellphone name and be out of the door in two hours and never again for 3 months,” he mentioned. “People type of see me and typically suppose I’ve the golden life, however they have not seen the sacrifices I’ve remodeled the years to have the option to go away and do my job.”
And now he is prepared to sacrifice otherwise: “I’m not going to say that I’m going to get a number one half as James Bond however I’m wanting to frequently get smart roles.”
Hey, to borrow a title from 007: Never say by no means.