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Celeb bodyguard goes from protecting Bella Hadid to the big screen

Regardless of what Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston confirmed us in “The Bodyguard,” operating safety for a stunning feminine celeb doesn’t normally lead to love. However the traces can definitely get blurred, at the very least from the exterior wanting in.

“The issue 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 instructed,” Simon Newton instructed The Put up. “However that’s not ­actually you, is it? No man is like that. Folks 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 attractiveness, cartoonish muscle groups and a natty private fashion, Newton seems like he was dreamed up by Man Ritchie’s casting director. Actually, he had a small half in Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes 2: A Sport of Shadows,” in addition to “Inexperienced Zone” starring Matt Damon. He was additionally a physique double for Dave Bautista in 2018’s “Closing Rating.”

“Every little thing I do, I’m at all times typecast as the bodyguard, soldier, policeman, jail inmate, gangster, powerful man. I by no means get the gay-librarian elements,” Newton stated with fun. “However I’d have a go at that, too.”

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Simon NewtonDavid Woolfall

Now he’s prepared to command as a lot of the highlight as his former purchasers 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 had been postponed ­due to the pandemic. He’s presently purchasing a reality-TV competitors present through which contestants will strive to see if they’ve the chops to make it as a bodyguard.

“I’ve executed every thing you might do in the [security] business,” Newton instructed The Put up. That features establishing his personal safety agency, Askari Safe Ltd. “And now with the performing, It’s a brand new path for me.”

Not dangerous for a self-proclaimed “fats child” whose fundamental purpose rising up was to be part of the navy.

“Every little thing in my life has simply come alongside. I’ve been provided alternatives and thought, ‘Yeah, I’m going to have a go at that.’ I by no means actually deliberate something,” he admitted. “I feel all people will get possibly three life-changing alternatives in a lifetime. Whether or not they selected to take and even determine them is up to them.”

Though his hasn’t at all times been a glamorous existence. He had to train off some severe weight to be ­accepted into the British Military, which stationed him in Iraq in the early 2000s. When he was provided 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.”

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Simon in LondonDavid Woolfall

In 2006 life grew to become much more ­weird when he was assigned to defend Michael Jackson.

“You received’t ever take care of anybody tougher than Michael Jackson. I don’t imply him personally — however his fan base was simply horrendous. It was the hardest,” stated Newton, including that rabid devotees of the singer would e-book rooms in no matter resort Jackson was staying, and rent black cabs to be on standby 24 hours a day to chase Jacko round city.

“In every single place 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. “Once I was taking care of Bella, Vogue did an article on me. And other people began saying, ‘Oh I would like to be a bodyguard and be in Vogue.’ They don’t know what I’ve executed in the 13 years to have the opportunity to do that,” stated Newton. He additionally landed in the pages of GQ and “I form of slipped into health modeling one way or the other.”

Following celebrities to movie premieres and different glamorous events, he started to pleasure himself on his private fashion. “I spotted that in case you begin to look bodily match, you possibly can break it in case you don’t have the proper garments.” He depends on Sloane Tailors in Knightsbridge, London to match his duds to his muscular physique. And he isn’t afraid of a bit flamboyance: Newton’s most up-to-date buy was a green-velvet dinner jacket.

His star purchasers:

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’s 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 considered one of 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 telephone name and be out of the door in two hours and never again for 3 months,” he stated. “Folks kind of see me and generally suppose I’ve the golden life, however they haven’t seen the sacrifices I’ve remodeled the years to have the opportunity to go away and do my job.”

And now he’s 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 repeatedly get smart roles.”

Hey, to borrow a title from 007: By no means say by no means.

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