One of the stars of the first episode of this year’s 'Britain’s Got Talent', which aired on Saturday night, has spoken about the family feud which has resulted from his decision to pursue his talent for dance.
The Daily Mail reports that 22-year-old Tobias Mead, who wowed the judging panel with his performance, has said his hobby has caused a rift with some family members after he abandoned a promising football career to dance.
Mead said his father was furious with his decision while his two older brothers have not spoken to him in five years. The dancer from Wiltshire said he endured taunting from his brothers and their friends for his love of dancing.
As a teenager the promising footballer had been lined up for trials with Southampton which was then a Premier League side.
The dancer said: "I knew I couldn't keep my dancing a secret any longer then. I told my dad I wasn't interested and he said 'Well what else are you going to do with your life?'"
"I told him I wanted to be a dancer and was applying for a performing arts course. He said dancing was a phase I was going through."
Tobias has supported Take That and has also been a backing dancer at two Royal Variety Shows.
His father Doug said: "I did disapprove of Tobias wanting to become a dancer. To say I was against it is putting it lightly. I'm a man's man, a builder - and I wanted him to get a trade."