Vanessa Feltzs ex Ben Ofoedu talks being demonised over their split

Ben Ofoedu smiles whilst taking train journey

Ben Ofoedu is starring in a new role as Vinnie Black in the London show, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, alongside Ryan-Mark Parsons, who plays Joey Vitale.

Back in February, the former made headlines after his now ex-fiancée Vanessa Feltz, 61, revealed she had split from him – her partner of 17 years – amid claims he’d been unfaithful and exchanged “sex texts” with another woman, which he later confirmed.

The 50-year-old was subjected to vile trolling, and he has now said he felt “targeted and demonised”.

The performer stated his latest gig has been his saving grace after going through a “tough” time in recent months.

In a joint interview with The Apprentice star Ryan-Mark, Ben has opened up about his personal life admitting the new show has kept him on the right track.

Addressing the aftermath of his recent break-up, Ben exclusively told “It was incredibly tough. I’m not used to being demonised and I felt really demonised, and even when I [told the truth] – there is a Latin word for telling the truth – I still felt targeted.

“It was hard to learn the lines but the production team, Ryan, they all really saved my life. It was a safe space to close the door and be an Italian-American for the afternoon.

“Every afternoon we rehearse and [the director] Larry [Pellegrini] was very patient, the cast was patient with me. It was a beautiful time as I’m looking back.

“If I didn’t have that I don’t know where I would have been or what I would have done.”

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He continued: “It was an incredibly challenging time but thank god I had Tony and Tina’s wedding. A play that I didn’t think I was going to get. I just rocked up one morning, thinking what’s the worse that could happen? And it changed my life.”

When auditions started for the project – an immersive show based on the Broadway smash hit – Ben was unsure he would get the role.

“I needed a distraction from what was going on in my personal life at the time,” he explained. “I walked along to the audition and I didn’t think I would get the [role] actually.”

He went on: “We met the original director Larry Pelligrini, fantastic, legendary director. I walked in and I hadn’t rehearsed the lines and he chucked the script at me and said, ‘Read that.’

“I read it and I personally thought I did a really bad job. I wasn’t feeling that great at the time and then two days later I got the call that I had got the job. I must have done a lot better than I thought because I was just not feeling that great.”

Ben was thrilled to secure the role, as the singer urged the public to come and witness the immersive experience for themselves.

Following a triumphant opening night at the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower, Ben spoke about his character, Vinnie, saying: “Me and Ryan have both been blessed. I think there is a part of Joey in Ryan-Mark. I think there is a part of Vinnie in me.

“It’s our personalities but slightly bigger and more eccentric. Vinnie is like Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses. He’s sort of like a second-hand car salesman. He’s a bit cheap but he is also loveable and he’s likeable.”

The show sees audience members become guests for the evening and enjoy a sit-down dinner whilst following lovebirds Tony and Tina on their chaotic wedding day.

From tossing the bouquets, cutting the cake, traditional music, food, and plenty of dancing, the audience gets to immerse themselves in the Italian-American experience.

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding first made its musical debut on Broadway over 25 years ago.

For more information and tickets to see Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding please visit the website here.

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