Tom and Giovanna Fletcher admit to ‘huge error of judgement’ over furlough scheme use

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Giovanna Fletcher and her McFly singer husband Tom have admitted they made a "huge error of judgement" over their use of the furlough scheme.

I'm A Celebrity winner Giovanna, 36, and Obviously singer Tom, 35, have released a statement following reports they claimed £30,000 from the furlough scheme, a figure which the pair say is inaccurate.

It was reported over the weekend that a HMRC register of claims showed Tom and Gi received support shortly after the author won I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

The couple have since broken their silence on the reports with a joint statement shared on both their Instagram pages.

It read: "Hi everyone, We've always had a very honest and open relationship with you all on here so we thought it was important to address questions that some of you have rightly asked us in the last 24 hours.

"This weekend there was an article in one of the Sunday papers about us using the government furlough scheme.

"While parts of the article were inaccurate (including all of the figures mentioned), it is true that we did follow financial advice to furlough someone we employ."

Giovanna and Tom continued: "This was for a member of our team who couldn't carry out their role due to the pandemic, and the scheme was suggested to us as the most effective way to give them job stability and security.

"Although it was a time of great uncertainty, we clearly should have thought more about the situation and funded it ourselves."

The couple then finished the statement with: "It was a huge error of judgement and a mistake we wholeheartedly take responsibility for and we have paid the full amount back. Gi and Tom x".

As they shared the statement on their social media pages, the wrote alongside it: "Hi all, Giovanna and I wanted to share this with you. X"

Giovanna and Tom turned off the option for their fans to comment on their posts.

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The couple share three sons Buzz, seven, Buddy, five, and two year old Max together.

Giovanna became the first – and possibly only – celeb to be crowned Queen of the Castle on 2020's I'm A Celebrity as it was hosted in Wales rather than its usual location of Australia, where the show is said to be heading back to this year.

Following her crowning, Giovanna shared her surprise as she said: "I can't believe it, people have actually picked up their phones and voted."

Author Giovanna and McFly star Tom first met at Slyvia Young Theatre School at age 13.

Tom then popped the question back at the place they met in April 2011 before tying the not the next year in May 2012.

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