Giovanna and Tom Fletcher apologise for claiming money from furlough scheme after backlash

Giovanna Fletcher, 36, has taken to Instagram to issue a lengthy apology for using the government’s furlough scheme to pay one of her employees during the coronavirus pandemic, despite being worth an estimated £8 million. The star is said to have claimed the funds alongside her McFly guitarist husband, Tom Fletcher, 35, just weeks after winning I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in Gwrych Castle, North Wales last year.

It was a huge error of judgement and a mistake we wholeheartedly take responsibility for

Giovanna Fletcher

In view of her two million followers, the mother-of-three addressed the claims which were made over the weekend.

She wrote: “Hi everyone, we’ve always had a very honest and open relationship with you all on here so we thought it was important to address questions that some of you have rightly asked us in the last 24 hours.

“This weekend there was an article in one of the Sunday papers about us using the government furlough scheme.

Giovanna continued: “While parts of the article were inaccurate (including all of the figures mentioned), it is true that we did follow financial advice to furlough someone we employ.”


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Giovanna and Tom Fletcher apologise for claiming money from furlough scheme after backlash

Giovanna Fletcher has issued an apology after claiming on the government’s furlough scheme (Image: GETTY/ ITV)

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Giovanna Fletcher and husband Tom branded the move an ‘error of judgement’ (Image: INSTAGRAM)

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The star continued to clarify the circumstances in which she claimed the money, adding that it was for one individual that they employ.

She wrote: “This was for a member of our team who couldn’t carry out their role due to the pandemic, and the scheme was suggested to us as the most effective way to give them job stability and security.”

Giovanna went on to add that the move on her and husband Tom’s part was an “error of judgement” before saying that they have paid back the funds.

“Although it was a time of great uncertainty, we clearly should have thought more about the situation and funded it ourselves”, she explained.

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Giovanna Fletcher issued a length explanation and apology to Instagram this evening (Image: INSTAGRAM)

Giovanna Fletcher Tom fletcher furlough scheme

Giovanna Fletcher is reportedly worth an estimated £8 million (Image: INSTAGRAM)

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Giovanna Fletcher won I’m A Celebrity… last year in Wales (Image: GETTY)

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Giovanna Fletcher took to Instagram to clarify claims her business used the furlough scheme (Image: GETTY)

Giovanna Fletcher Tom fletcher furlough scheme

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“It was a huge error of judgement and a mistake we wholeheartedly take responsibility for and we have paid the full amount back.”

The mother-of-three signed off the message: “Gi and Tom x”.

Official government documents obtained by Express.co.uk, confirm that Tom and Giovanna received financial support on three occasions.

Records show that a sum between 0.01 to 10,000 was awarded to Tom Fletcher and Giovanna Fletcher.

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The documents, released by the government, listed more than 600,000 businesses and individuals that received assistance from the government during the pandemic.

Giovanna’s company, Giovanna Fletcher Ltd has just one employee, and documents filed on January 14, 2021 suggested that at the end of the 2020 tax year, the business had over £362,000 listed in assets.

On April 10, 2021 – records show that the company had just one shareholder, Giovanna Fletcher.

Following her victory on I’m A Celebrity, Giovanna is said to have been inundated with business offers of up to £4 million.

The author also saw her podcast listeners fly to more than 12 million.

Prior to becoming a best selling author, Giovanna wrote for publications such as Heat and Bliss magazine, as well as running a blog on Hello! Magazine’s website.

She published her debut novel, Billy and Me, in May 2013, before swiftly releasing You’re the One That I Want in May 2014.

Recently, Giovanna opened up about the heartbreak she faced while writing her latest novel, Walking on Sunshine, to Francis Boulle and Jamie Laing on their podcast Private Parts.

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