Poynter on stage in Belfast in 2008
|Birth name||Dougie Lee Poynter|
30 November 1987 |
Corringham, Essex, England
|Genres||Pop rock, pop punk|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, vocals, guitar|
|Associated acts||McFly, McBusted|
Dougie Lee Poynter (born 30 November 1987 in Corringham, Essex, England) is an English singer, musician, songwriter. He is the bassist and youngest member of pop rock band McFly. He also appeared on and won the eleventh series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in 2011, beating The Only Way Is Essex personality Mark Wright.
Early and personal life
Poynter dated Frankie Sandford of The Saturdays, until the pair briefly split up in March 2010. They reunited in April 2010, but split up again in November of the same year. Poynter has stated that they will not be getting back together for the third time. Dougie spent some time in rehab due to depression, alcohol and substance abuse. It was confirmed on Fearne Cotton's 'McBusted' documentary that Poynter is in a relationship with singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding.
Poynter is the bassist of pop rock band McFly, also providing backing, and on occasion, lead vocals. He has co-writer credits on many of McFly's tracks, including the lead writer credit on their 2007 number-one single "Transylvania". Poynter has called "Transylvania" his favourite song that he has written. Poynter also wrote an unrecorded track called "Silence Is a Scary Sound", which features as a live recording on their third studio album Motion in the Ocean. The youngest member of the band, Poynter was also the last to enter it when Danny Jones and Tom Fletcher, who already had been signed to a record deal with Island Records, held auditions for a bassist and drummer, the latter of which was secured by Harry Judd. Poynter was only 15 when he joined the band.
Before joining McFly at the age of 15, Poynter was in a band named 'Ataiz'. In 2010, along with three other people, including Motion in the Ocean and Radio:ACTIVE producer Jason Perry, Poynter started a clothing line called 'Zukie', named after his pet lizard. Dougie owns 30 per cent of the business. In early 2011, it was confirmed that Poynter had started his own clothing range, by the name of 'Saint Kidd', a pirate-based company inspired by William Kidd. Dougie and bandmate Tom Fletcher have published two books, the first one being The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas, about a boy who gets a pet dinosaur for Christmas, was released in October 2012. The sequel, The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet, was released on 29 August 2013.
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- 'I'm a Celeb' runner-up Mark Wright: 'It was an honour to be myself' Daniel Sperling, Digital Spy, 3 December 2011
- 9.7m see Dougie Poynter crowned King of the Jungle on 'I'm a Celeb' Liam O'Brien, Digital Spy, 4 December 2011
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