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force of habit

He’s played at Heaven, the Voodoo Lounge and the Velvet Rooms and partied with the likes of Boy George and Naomi Campbell, but for almost 30 years, gay DJ Fat Tony — real name Tony Marnach — was an alcoholic and drug addict. At one stage, things got so bad that he was given the Last Rites

My drinking started when I was young. I come from an alcoholic background, you know, where drink and drugs were kind of the way forward. I got kicked out of school at the age of 14 so working in clubs was the way forward. I used to go to a club on a Tuesday night called Cha Cha s, which was behind Heaven, when I was 15. And that’s kind of where it all began.

By the age 17, I was working on the door of the Playground club, which is where I started to DJ, and from that moment on I kind of think alcohol was a big issue.

At the time that was the only issue, but one week someone offered me a line of cocaine. I did it, hated it, absolutely hated it, but the next week I bought a gram and by the next month I was doing it every day.

That went on for 28 years. I used drugs for 28 years. Every day, and every night, I never had a day off drugs in 28 years, when I was asleep I was on drugs. I had everything: I spent over a million pounds on drugs, I lost three houses because of addiction, I lost record deals, I lost TV jobs.

FFAMOUS FRIENDS: Tony with Kate Moss
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On the cover, pop superstar Robbie Williams talks exclusively to John Grant about drink, drugs, sex, fame… and finding happiness. Elsewhere in this issue, Spice Girl Melanie C on her new album, gay rapper Cakes Da Killa, artist and activist Scottee, and the real lives of TV’s most famous gay ‘housewives’ as we meet the Gogglebox Gays. Plus, Outliving a Death Sentence: meet the men who have been living with HIV since the bleak days of the 80s and 90s.