​James 'Arg' Argent Wins Viewers Over With Impressive Feat Of Body Confidence

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​James 'Arg' Argent Wins Viewers Over With Impressive Feat Of Body Confidence

In last night's The Real Full Monty Live, The Only Way Is Essex's James 'Arg' Argent won viewers over with an impressive feat of body confidence - stripping off to raise money for cancer, despite having admitted that it's something he struggles with.


In the show, celebs delighted fans by getting their kit off for charity. However, one of the stars, Arg, had previously revealed that he'd been tackling some major issues with his body in the lead up to the show - and reportedly even refused to get naked in rehearsals.


Just 24 hours before the show, a source told The Sun: "It's no secret that James has struggled with body image issues, so the thought of stripping off has unsurprisingly left him feeling nervous.

"He hasn't yet been able to shed his clothes even when practicing with the rest of the boys.

"He's travelled up to Sheffield for the performance, but he's not sure if he can go through with it.

"The rest of the Full Monty crew have been really good and encouraging. He won't want to let them down.


"Their support, plus the adrenaline rush of a cheering audience and knowing it's for a good cause might be enough to get him to take the plunge - but it's touch and go."

But Arg stepped up to the plate and eventually managed to go for it, explaining that he wanted to make his grandad, who died of cancer, proud.

Shortly before taking to the stage he also posted: ""Theres been lots of speculation as to whether I am going to go ahead Tonight with The Real Full Monty...My Grandfather Seamus Hanley died of Prostate Cancer 15 years ago.


"He was my best friend who I love & look up to! I'm taking part in this later in honour of him & his memory. I will Not let him, My family, friends & the lads down! I'm not confident in my body or appearance at the moment and finding it hard but it's not about me, It's about Beating Cancer & Raising awareness!

"So here we go...Tune into @itv NOW & Enjoy!!! Love Arg xxx"

Also featuring on the show was Eastenders actor John Partridge, who revealed his past battle with testicular cancer ahead of the charity show.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

In an emotional segment, Partridge revealed that he'd had testicular cancer years ago and that he found it difficult to talk about.

"My heart is pounding out of my chest," he said, explaining how difficult he has talking about it.

He added that he had felt 'shame' for his diagnosis, acknowledging that while he knew he shouldn't, he can't help how he feels.


A visibly upset Partridge was congratulated by his fellow guests for talking about his experience of cancer.

The show, which first aired in 2017, is aimed at highlighting some of the major health concerns in UK right now, including prostate and testicular cancer. It was inspired by the film The Fully Monty, in which a group of unemployed Sheffield steel workers try to raise money by stripping off.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: UK Celebrity, Charity, UK

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