Joe Lycett has revealed that he didn’t shred £10,000 in a livestreamed stunt on Sunday, and has instead donated the money to LGBTQ+ charities.
The comedian had pledged to shred £10,000 of his own cash after David Beckham failed to end his controversial multimillion-pound World Cup promotion deal with Qatar.
Lycett, 34, posted his admission in a short video on social media, calling the stunt « an empty threat designed to get people talking, » adding that, like the football star’s controversial ambassadorship, it was « total b******* from the start ».
He explained in the one-and-a-half-minute video: « I haven’t quite told you the whole truth… Because the truth is, the money that went into the shredder was real, but the money that came out was fake.
« I would never destroy real money. I would never be so irresponsible. In fact, the £10,000 had already been donated to LGBTQ+ charities before I even pressed send on the original tweet last week. »
He also shredded the famous June 2002 David Beckham cover issue of Attitude – the first ever cover of a gay magazine to feature a Premiere League footballer.
Lycett said he had asked Attitude for permission to shred the copy, and they had said « they were more than happy to oblige ».