Aston Iain Merrygold, an English singer, dancer, television personality, and actor, was born on February 13, 1988. He gained notoriety for his involvement with the British boy band JLS, which finished second behind Alexandra Burke in the fifth season of The X Factor. JLS disbanded on December 22, 2013, after five years. Merrygold started serving as a judge on the British dancing competition Got to Dance in 2013.
Aston worked on his first solo album, Showstopper, which was supposed to be published in the middle of 2016, but it hasn’t been. Get Stupid, the album’s debut track, was made available on July 24, 2015. Merrygold was named as a competitor for the fifteenth season of Strictly Come Dancing in August 2017. On November 5, 2017, Merrygold was eliminated in tenth place. Additionally, Merrygold has made appearances on the television shows Almost Never and Fun Song Factory.
Aston Merrygold’s Net Worth
Aston Merrygold’s net worth is projected to be £6 million as of 2021. His position as a judge on Got To Dance and his songs serve as his main sources of income. He also has a blue £99,000 Audi R8 and a £152,000 Ferrari in addition to his wealth.
Merrygold was born on February 13, 1988, to an Irish mother and a Jamaican father who divorced when Merrygold was a little child. He is one of seven kids—between his birth and stepparents, he has five brothers and a sister.
His mother Siobhan and stepfather Orjan brought him up in Peterborough, where he also attended Jack Hunt School. Merrygold claimed he enjoyed dancing and performing, and that he began singing after making some TV appearances. He met Marvin Humes, a future bandmate, during tryouts, and the two kept in touch. He represented England in football while still a secondary school student in the European Youth Games.
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Along with the other three JLS members, a “Aston doll” was introduced in September 2010.
Each member of the group received a box of the “Just Love Safe” condoms that Durex and JLS collaborated to create.
Merrygold appeared in seven separate TV commercials endorsing Nintendo Wii Party in 2010 along with Gill, Humes, and Williams. The Walkers Crisps “Make sandwich more exciting” commercial campaign included JLS as well. As a result, the band surprised Sandwich Technology School with a performance, which was captured on camera for the television commercial. In UK advertising for Coca-“Share Cola’s a Coke” line, Merrygold also made an appearance.
In order to support six different charities, including Cancer Research UK, Rays of Sunshine, Brook, Childline, Beat Bullying, and the MS Society, philanthropist JLS established “The JLS Foundation.” The charity is still in operation despite the band’s breakup. As a result of experiencing racial bullying as a child, Merrygold “feels deeply about” being an ambassador for the charity BeatBullying. Since 2010, Merrygold has made appearances on Children in Need nights.
Children In Need received all proceeds from the JLS number one hit, “Love You More.” In 2011, Merrygold participated in a VT for the charity where he met Emily, a 7-year-old with osteogenesis imperfecta. JLS played “Take a Chance on Me” during the “Children in Need Rocks Manchester” concert in 2012. Merrygold made her final appearance as a member of JLS on Children in Need in 2013, where the group performed a medley of JLS songs on the set of the BBC One soap serial EastEnders.
JLS also participated in comic sketches with James Corden and Miranda Hart to raise money for Comic Relief. JLS visited Uganda in 2012 as part of Sport Relief and made many VT appearances. In addition to staging a special charity concert called “JLS Sing for Sport Relief” and participating in the Sport Relief Mile, JLS also released the official Sport Relief charity track “Proud” in the same year. This song peaked at number 6 on the charts.
Merrygold is an Arsenal F.C. supporter. Merrygold has many tattoos, including a sleeve with a tattoo of Michael Jackson who he describes as an inspiration, two stars on his pelvis, a music note between his shoulder blades, and three stars behind his right ear. Lisa, a close childhood friend of Aston’s, passed away in an accident in 2011. He had a tattoo of his friend’s face on his forearm as a memorial to her.
Merrygold revealed on Instagram in September 2017 that he and Sarah Louise Richards were expecting a child. He said that she was pregnant when he decided to compete on Strictly Come Dancing. In December 2017, the pair made their engagement public. Grayson Jax Richards was born on January 30, 2018, to Richards. The couple made the announcement that they were having a second child on December 15, 2019. On June 5, 2020, they welcomed Macaulay Shay.