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Gino DAcampos criminal past and 2 year prison stint before his life of fame

Nov 10, 2021

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One of the nation's best loved TV personalities, 45-year-old Gino D'Acampo has led a fascinating life.

His new show, Gino's Italian Family Adventure, has been a hit with viewers.

But rewind a little more than a decade and his life looked to be going an entirely different way.

Just over over 20 years ago, the now successful presenter spent two years in prison.

Today he's known as the high tempo personality who shot into the nations' hearts following his triumphant stint on 'I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here'.

In 1998, 21 years old, Gino was sent down for burgling a famous singer.

Two years before he had moved to London from his native Italy to pursue a career as a chef.

Gino D'Acampo burglary

Gino broke into the house of Paul Young, an English singer-songwriter known for his solo career and time as the frontman of the groups Streetband and Q-tips.

Young was living in Mill Hill in North London when Gino broke in.

Gino pilfered £4,000 worth of guitars and a platinum record.

While Young got most of his stuff back, something that was never recovered was music containing memories of Young's wife, Stacey, who died of brain cancer in January 2018.

Later that year when asked how he felt about D'Acampo, Young said: “It’s hard to say really. I’ve got mixed feelings about it. When Stacey went there were certain bits of music I never got back.

“Let’s say that – and that hurt me.

“I try to keep a light-hearted attitude on that. He gets enough stick on social networking – he doesn’t need my help as well," the Mirror reported.

How did Gino get caught?

Gino's masterplan fell to pieces when a cigarette butt was found outside Young's door with his DNA on it.

He was arrested and sentenced to two years behind bars.

Gino has spoken about his crime and time inside, admitting it was a "serious mistake".

In 2019, he spoke to Birmingham Live, saying “It was a very crucial moment of my life. It was about embracing something negative and turning it into something positive.

"I was a very young boy… you make those mistakes. The secret is to learn and to move on."

Speaking to Whatson TV he said: "I thought, 'This is not going to drag me down, this is going to make me a better man.'

What happened next for Gino?

According to MyLondon, reflecting on his time inside Gino said: "I was a boy, so I decided to get married and then I will be a man."

Two years after his release in 2000, Gino married his wife Jessica Stellina Morrison, who we has been with since 1995.

“I clean her car every week. I charge her toothbrush every time the battery is low, and I always bring her a bottle of cold water just in case she's thirsty at night.

The couple now have three children, Luciano 19, Rocco, 16, and Mia, 8 while Gino's career has taken off.

He now appears on a range TV shows through his cooking, while his stint on the ninth series of 'I'm A Celebrity' cemented him as a firm favourite on Britain's screens – even if he did get in trouble for killing and eating a rat.

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