The popstar has finally spoken out

Peter Andre is known for being one of the nicest guys in show-business – but the singer has faced a bit of flack recently after claims he is secretly a massive diva.

Yup, after a ‘rider’ was released from a recent gig, the Mysterious Girl star apparently requested 41 pricey items on top of his $53,000 (AUD) appearance fee.

Reportedly included in the lengthy list of demands was the “best white wine” available, as well as 15 medium-sized black or navy hand towels, and a three-course dinner for his crew members.

Sounds pretty excessive, right?

Coming to Dubai in the next couple of weeks to perform for you lovely people. Can’t wait to see you at DWB

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But now the 44-year-old has finally spoken out over the reports, revealing the real reason for his seemingly lavish requirements.

Chatting to metro.co.uk, the Ausralian popstar – who’s married to Emily MacDonagh – said, “Let me just explain this!

“When we do our big arena tours an agent sends out a rider, everyone who does music has it.”

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Joking about the huge wine request, the dad-of four said, “The funniest thing is I don’t drink.

“When we’re working with the band, and there’s a lot of them and they’re working 12 hours, I like to look after them. [The negotiating of requests] is usually done by agents.”

According to The Sun, Pete – who shares kids Junior, 12, and Princess, 10, with ex Katie Price, and Amelia, 3, and one-year-old Theodore with wife, Emily – also demanded a selection of assorted Cadbury chocolates, chopped ginger, chewing gum and manuka honey.

Mills on the back, Theo on the front Love it

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The dad-of-four continued, “Of all the stuff I ask for I might use honey and ginger for my throat. I laughed about it and thought ‘if people are actually going to believe if it’s not the right wine I won’t do a performance’.

“I am the least diva you’ll ever meet in your life!”

Before adding, “There’s no point in going online and being defensive. But, generally, everyone who performs has a rider – it’s standard thing, agents will put in what they think you’ll like.”

That settles, that! Now, where we can we get a job with Pete’s crew?

From our sister site CelebsNow. Words by Naomi Bartram.