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'I had to sell my parrot': The male strippers struggling to get by in the pandemic

Manchester Evening News spoke to Romeo, real name Jason Romero, was when he was enthusiastically recalling the moment he first plucked up the courage to go Full Monty on stage.

It was December last year and the stripper was on a high working in a job he clearly loved.Fast forward to October this year, after months being unable to work in the industry due to the pandemic, he cuts a very different figure."To be honest, it's been really s**t", he said.Not only has he been unable to perform with his male revue group Dreamboys, he recently lost his beloved grandma."I have been going through a lot of trauma", he said.Back in February, before the lockdown came in, business was going 'great'."The next thing it just happened - everything closed.

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