Eating With My Ex: Celebrity Specials

Jamie Campbell

I asked to do the show in drag because with our relationship, I was the first person to put Chad in drag, so it felt natural to do the programme in drag, because that was such a big part of our time together.Jamie Campbell
Date: 08.03.2019     Last updated: 08.03.2019 at 17.27
Jamie Campbell is the inspiration behind the hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. He met Chad when he was 17, and they were both living in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

Chad had seen Jamie in his BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 and Jamie helped Chad to discover his inner-drag. They decided to drag Chad up for the first time and this turned out to be the start of a very successful career. Jamie describes their relationship as having helped shape each other’s lives.

After six months together, the pair split up when Jamie decided to move to London. Despite caring about Chad, Jamie had long-term dreams of moving away. Jamie would like the opportunity to apologise for how he ended their relationship - by text.

How was your relationship with Chad?

My relationship with Chad was at a very new time for me, I’d really only had one or two boyfriends before him, and we were both still very young. I was just sort of finding myself really. I think we did shape each other and set each other off for the lives that we’re living now. It’s because we’d been apart for so long, that’s mainly why I wanted to speak to Chad.

How did you feel before meeting up with him for a meal?

I was really, really nervous. Beforehand I was like, "Oh, it’ll be fine, once we’ve cleared the air, hopefully he’ll be fine with it, it was a long time ago that I ghosted him," but when I was sat there I was really nervous. It’d been so long, it was like what do we have in common anymore? But that’s why I wanted to do the show, to learn who he was now, because I’ve changed a lot and I assumed he had too.

How did you find the dinner?

After the meal I would say I found it beneficial, because we’ve worked together in a nightclub in Leeds since and it was completely fun and we’re completely at ease now. I don’t think we knew where we stood with each other. I felt guilty about breaking up with him the way I did, when I moved to London, and I didn’t know how he took it. So it was good to clear the air.

Did you see a change in Chad?

Oh yeah, completely. Because we were just kids, and now we’ve grown up and gone off and done our own thing. A lot has happened in the past few years.

You did the show in drag?

I asked to do the show in drag because with our relationship, I was the first person to put Chad in drag, so it felt natural to do the programme in drag, because that was such a big part of our time together.

Are you happy you took part in the show?

I am completely glad I took part in the programme.

What is it like to have inspired a musical?

It’s completely surreal, I still can’t believe it. Every time I go down on the Tube and see the posters, I’m like, "Aargh, this is so crazy!" Meeting the audiences is just the best part about it. Seeing how it’s touched so many people’s lives.