Artist News

McFly bassist in rehab

By | Published on Tuesday 8 March 2011

McFly bassist Dougie Poynter is in rehab for stress and exhaustion apparently brought on partly by his break-up from Saturday’s singer Frankie Sandford in November last year. As a result, the band have been forced to push three of their upcoming tour dates back to next month.

The band’s Tom Fletcher told fans via Twitter on Saturday: “Obviously you’re all reading rumours about Dougie. Please don’t worry. We don’t know what the tabloids will say tomorrow but he is in rehab”.

Speaking to BBC Newsbeat yesterday, he added: “He’s coming out soon. He comes out in about a week I think and then we pretty much go on tour straight away. Obviously our jobs can be quite stressful at times anyway and then when you combine that with personal issues like a break-up, it can just make it ten times harder. Being in the public eye, he’s obviously been a bit down and stressed and he just needed time to recover and get some help with that”.

The three postponed shows in Belfast, Dublin and Nottingham will now take place on 3,4 and 6 Apr respectively.