Gareth Gates tore his shirt OPEN during pantomime performance revealing his six-pack

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Gareth Gates tore his shirt OPEN during pantomime performance revealing his impressive six-pack

Gareth Gates turned red on Monday when his shirt was ripped open while performing as Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty.

Gareth – who stars in the Liverpool pantomime run of the Disney classic – gasped as Maleficent opened his white shirt and showed off his impressive six-pack.

The entertaining moment was all part of the performance and the singer, 36, continued to sing after the dazzling moment unfolded.

Abs out: Gareth Gates, 36, turned red on Monday when his shirt was ripped open while performing as Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty

The former Pop Idol star also had the sleeves of his shirt ripped off when he was pounced on by the horned villain next to dancers in leotards.

He currently plays at Liverpool’s Arena alongside Emma Grace Arends and comedy favorite Bippo.

Gareth wrote on Instagram on Monday about the show: ‘It feels so good to be back on stage, come see us!’

Last year, Gareth opened up about his muscular physique, revealing that fans still prefer him as the “skinny beanstalk” from his Pop Idol days, despite being in shape for the past six years.

Wow: Gareth - who stars in the Liverpool pantomime run of the Disney classic - gasped as Maleficent ripped open his white shirt and showed off his impressive six-pack

Wow: Gareth – who stars in the Liverpool pantomime run of the Disney classic – gasped as Maleficent ripped open his white shirt and showed off his impressive six-pack

He said he has embraced his healthier lifestyle after replacing partying with the gym.

In lockdown, Gareth also found love with DJ Chloe McLennan after he split from fiancé Faye Brookes in August 2019.

Discussing his transformation with The Sun in November, Gareth explained that despite his ripped new physique, fans still see him as the shy teen when he auditioned for Pop Idol and came in second behind winner Will Young.

Star of the show: Gareth currently plays in the Liverpool arena alongside Emma Grace Arends and comedy favorite Bippo

Star of the show: Gareth currently plays in the Liverpool arena alongside Emma Grace Arends and comedy favorite Bippo

Shirt off: The former pop idol star also had the sleeves of his shirt ripped off when he was pounced on by the horned villain next to leotard-clad dancers

Shirt off: The former pop idol star also had the sleeves of his shirt ripped off when he was pounced on by the horned villain next to leotard-clad dancers

He said, “I definitely got more attention then. I was a pop star with a lot of hits. But I think I look better now. It took me six years to get this body. I started going to the gym when I was 30 and stopped partying.

“But in recent years I’ve started to take my fitness really seriously.”

Gareth said he spends two hours in the gym each day lifting weights and bench presses, consuming up to 4,000 calories a day.

The star said that despite getting a lot more attention during his pop days, he still gets the odd steamy DM from an over-enthusiastic fan.

Despite several years of chart success, Gareth has spent the past few years performing on cruise ships and working on a liner in the Caribbean Sea before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The star said he supplemented his earnings by working in the stock market but lost £250,000 after being ripped off over poor business advice.

Ripped: Gareth revealed that fans still prefer him as Pop Idol's 'skinny beanpole' (left in 2019 and right in 2002), despite taking six years to get in shape

Throwback: The star admitted that fans still prefer him as the 'skinny bean stick' from his Pop Idol days (above)

Ripped: Gareth revealed that fans still prefer him as Pop Idol’s ‘skinny beanpole’ (left in 2019 and right in 2002), despite taking six years to get in shape

Gareth also gushed about his blossoming romance with DJ Chloe, after meeting her while they were both working in Dubai.

Just weeks after meeting, the pair moved in together at Gareth’s Wiltshire home after the UK first shut down in March.

The star said lockdown also gave him the chance to spend more time with daughter Missy, 11, who he shares with ex-wife Suzanne Mole.

Gareth split from his fiancée Faye last year after a seven-year romance, with sources at the time claiming they couldn’t make the relationship work.

Cute couple: Gareth also gushed about his romance with DJ Chloe McLennan after they moved in together when lockdown hit in March

Cute couple: Gareth also gushed about his romance with DJ Chloe McLennan after they moved in together when lockdown hit in March

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