Peter Andre tells children’s charity: “My dad wanted me to be an architect!”

Updated: June 29, 2020

SINGER Peter Andre joined families for a video call at a children’s charity … and confessed that he nearly became an architect instead of a musician.

Andre is patron of Chestnut Tree House near Arundel in West Sussex, which provides vital care services and community support for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

The 47-year-old star was unable to visit the hospice in person due to social distancing requirements – but it was nonetheless smiles all round when he recently joined the children via a video link.

Andre was chatting to families about their experiences when he was asked what he would have been if he could not have become a singer.

The singer replied: “Well, my dad wanted me to be an architect, right… and I did not want to do it. He was like ‘Well, when you finish school, that’s what you’re doing’, because my parents were very strict.

“I said ‘What if I get a recording deal before I finish school?’ And, of course, the chances of me getting a recording deal were so slim, because I was living on the Gold Coast (in Australia) and nobody got a recording deal.

“He said ‘If you get a recording deal you don’t have to become an architect’, thinking I would never get a recording deal … and I got a recording deal!”

Chestnut Tree House later posted a video of the conversation with the families, who included children Izzy and Loui, onto YouTube, which you can view below.


It currently costs over £4 million each year to provide all the care services offered by the charity. Families are never charged for their care and less than 6p in every pound is funded by the government, so it relies heavily on the generosity, help and support of the public.

If you wish to make a donation you can visit the charity’s website by clicking here.

Peter said: “I’m really blown away by the work of Chestnut Tree House and Together for Short Lives, and am proud to be a Patron of both charities. 

“Children’s hospices are such special, vital places, but I think a lot of people don’t really understand what they are or the many different ways they support children and families. It was lovely to catch up with Izzy and Loui to see how they’re getting on, and hopefully I’ll be able to visit Chestnut Tree House again soon.”

(Main photo of Peter Andrew at top of page: ITV / YouTube )

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