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Simon Newton Celebrity Bodyguard Interview | NEWSRUX

“Someday, I might be on a ship within the Gulf of Aden, after which the following day, I might be ready at Heathrow Airport in London for, you understand, one of many fashions to show up.”

Simon Newton’s years of expertise as a bodyguard for A-list celebrities like Bella Hadid and Rita Ora give him a novel perception into the behind-the-scenes lives of a number of the most well-known (and busy) individuals on the planet.

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Pictured is Newton with Rita Ora throughout September 2019’s Milan Vogue Week. 

Now an actor and the proprietor of a personal safety firm in London, Newton talked to BuzzFeed about his path to changing into a star bodyguard, his day-to-day life whereas on the job, and whether or not getting round on non-public jets is absolutely all it is cracked as much as be. Listed here are 17 information, tales, and items of bodyguard knowledge from our dialog.


Earlier than he began working as a bodyguard, Newton served within the British army. He known as this a “pure development” that’s not unusual within the non-public safety enterprise. Stated Newton, “A variety of bodyguards are ex-military or ex-police, so it wasn’t an uncommon factor to enter after being within the army.”

Whereas he was nonetheless within the Military, Newton had a dialog with a buddy whom he’d met whereas serving; the buddy had left the army and was working in non-public safety. He advised that Newton do the identical, as a result of “situations and cash and every part else was quite a bit higher.” Newton defined, “I by no means actually had a CV or something like that; I’d solely ever been within the Military, so he put my CV along with all my army historical past and different bits and items on it.” That CV received Newton a job supply, and he left the army to just accept it.


After working in non-public safety within the Center East, in addition to in maritime safety, Newton returned to London to work as a bodyguard for high-profile celebrities and different public figures. This transition, he mentioned, “didn’t actually trouble me an excessive amount of.”

“There’s quite a lot of completely different ranges of being a bodyguard. Some will solely work within the nation that possibly they dwell in; some will solely work in possibly, like, the Center East, or hostile environments, they usually don’t actually work from home. Some, like myself, had been sort of an all-rounder, and I used to be fortunate sufficient to have the kind of expertise and expertise to have the ability to cowl each kind of avenue, or every part {that a} bodyguard might be concerned in. So I actually took benefit of that, of attempting to do every part there was to supply within the non-public safety world.”

He went on, “Someday, I might be on a ship within the Gulf of Aden, after which the following day, I might be ready at Heathrow Airport in London for, you understand, one of many fashions to show up.” Whether or not he was at dwelling or overseas, defending ships or A-listers, Newton mentioned, “I believe every part was only a day’s work for me, no matter the place I used to be, it was only a day’s work. It’s simply what I loved doing.”


When Newton was taking care of VIPs like Bella Hadid, extraordinarily lengthy days spent in a collection of unique places had been the norm. Newton defined, “More often than not, [celebrities] come right here for work. They didn’t actually come a lot for kind of only a social go to, so we at all times had…issues on the agenda, very often for London Vogue Week.”

Throughout Vogue Week, the fashions might need a costume becoming and a runway rehearsal, adopted by the reveals themselves and, “not at all times however typically,” occasions the place they “needed to flip as much as present face for a pair hours within the night.”

Stated Newton, “It wasn’t so dangerous for them, however for me, it was at all times a really lengthy day, as a result of I used to must rise up at like 5 or 6 within the morning, and I wouldn’t go to mattress till possibly three or 4 the following morning. You get up earlier than they get up, and also you fall asleep after they fall asleep, so no matter which may imply. However clearly, in between that, in the event that they go and have 4 hours’ nap within the afternoon, we’ve received stuff to do nonetheless. We’re nonetheless working, so it’s at all times lengthy days with individuals like that.”

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Pictured is the Burberry Prorsum present throughout 2014’s London Vogue Week.


The longest day Newton ever had on the job was a whopping 22 hours.

When a shopper landed on the airport round 8:30 a.m., Newton recalled, “I’d’ve been there by 7:30, which suggests I’d’ve left my home at 6 within the morning, which suggests I most likely would’ve woken up at possibly 5:30, in order that day began for me at 5:30, after which, you understand, [by] the time we do no matter’s scheduled for the afternoon after which exit within the night for dinner, after which if there’s a celebration after, after which impulsively, it’s 3 o’clock within the morning, which isn’t that late, however it’s once you’ve woken up at 5:30.”


Breaks and days off had been doable, relying on which occasions his purchasers determined to attend, however for probably the most half, their schedules had been grueling. In consequence, so was Newton’s.

“Typically you get a time off, typically you get a day off, typically you may end early within the night, however nothing’s scheduled in, it simply relies on, you understand, in the event that they kind of resolve to not exit and also you end,” Newton mentioned. “However the issue with it right here [in the UK] was they’d solely come right here for 4 or 5 days at a time, in order that they used to sort of pack every part in.”


Along with his years of expertise as a bodyguard, and his present possession of a personal safety firm that locations bodyguards with purchasers, Newton was in a position to communicate to the types of private qualities and life experiences that celebrities and their groups search for when hiring safety personnel.

He mentioned, “There’s much more to it than what individuals most likely notice. … Individuals like look. That doesn’t imply to say that you just’ve received to appear to be Rambo, you understand, however you at the very least should be bodily kind of match and succesful.”

Neatness, stamina, flexibility, geographical know-how, and a superb perspective are all on the record, too. Stated Newton, “Clear and tidy, as a result of on the finish of the day, you’re stood subsequent to those individuals rather a lot; you sort of symbolize them as properly. Good native data of wherever you use, the flexibility to adapt, undoubtedly, the flexibility to work lengthy hours. We don’t ever get upset about something. Even when it’s not our fault, we nonetheless don’t get upset, even when we get advised off and it’s not our fault, we don’t get upset. So at all times tremendous, tremendous kind of pleased and prepared to assist.”

And group is essential. Newton defined, “The smoother the day runs, actually for A-list celebrities, the safer it’s for them, additionally.”

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Whereas the work of a bodyguard can appear to be it is a easy matter of escorting purchasers to and from their vehicles, Newton says safety is liable for a ton of legwork, and that it was his job to “ensure that we get the suitable desk [at a restaurant], ensure that the automobile goes the suitable route, ensure that we don’t get caught in site visitors for hours, [and] ensure that we will park and drop on the proper door.”

Stated Newton, “There’s at all times one thing to do, and in case you’ve received nothing to do, that’s the day and also you’ve received time, you begin what you’re doing tomorrow and see if you may get forward of the sport barely for tomorrow.”


Newton labored as a “freelance bodyguard,” so he had management over which purchasers he labored with, and was in a position to flip down these with whom he did not suppose he would gel. He mentioned, “I used to be somewhat bit spoiled, as a result of I didn’t must take care of anybody I didn’t need to take care of.”

“All of the individuals I taken care of had been excellent to me. And, you understand, we received on very properly. Actually all people.”


In accordance with Newton, attending a crimson carpet occasion, flying on a personal jet, and dealing aboard a personal yacht are “usually the kind of pinnacle of a bodyguard’s profession.” He is performed all three, however he added, “The novelty wore off, I believe, by the point I used to be 30…the entire thing for me actually was only a job.”


As for the non-public jets, they could be glamorous, however to a bodyguard, touring on one is not a luxurious; it is a commute.

Newton mentioned, “I’ve been with fairly quite a lot of excessive net-worth individuals, you understand, billionaires moderately than millionaires, so all of them love jets. However the issue with it’s, within the grand scheme of issues, it does sound enjoyable, it does sound nice, however you’re on a jet that’s not your jet. You sit the one place there’s to sit down, and also you try to keep out of the way in which. You don’t need to be a nuisance. You are most likely flying to a rustic the place as quickly as you get off that airplane, you’re working.”

He went on, “Sure, all proper, it’s a comfortable trip for 3 hours. That’s sort of the place it stops, as a result of it’s not your airplane, you’re not going anyplace you need to go, you’re not going to the place you’re going, you’re not going to get pleasure from it, you’re going to work.”


A yacht, alternatively, is “a bit extra snug,” since they’re meant to host passengers for longer durations of time. However it could possibly nonetheless be cramped, and as a bodyguard, you are on the clock, not trip. Newton joked, “It’s not like I can exit on the highest deck and put my shorts on for a couple of hours and get a little bit of solar.”

He added, “Though you’re across the sort of excessive life at occasions, in case you like, you don’t actually get to expertise any of it, since you’re working.”

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In 2017, Vogue known as Newton the “actual type star of London Vogue Week.” However his curiosity in vogue existed lengthy earlier than he began working with runway fashions and magnificence influencers.

Stated Newton, “I’ve at all times favored garments. I’ve at all times favored vogue. I’ve by no means actually copied anybody. I put on what I like. If I am going into a store and I like one thing which is £10, I’ll purchase it. If it’s £200, if I’ve received the cash, I’ll purchase it.”

“That’s the great thing about that job; there wasn’t any costume code. … You will get away with denims, good trainers or sneakers, and a shirt. After which within the night, clearly, particularly if it was a black tie occasion, or relying what it was, I’d usually put a go well with on or one thing comparable within the night.”

He went on, “I did that simply ‘reason behind consolation. Some guys would put on the go well with all day and night time, which you are able to do. You are able to do that, however once you’re traipsing round in a go well with all day, after which you have to put on it to a black tie factor within the night, it’s simply good to, you understand…you get half an hour, get a fast bathe, get modified, and exit correctly.”

However his alternative of garments on the job mirrored what he would’ve worn on his personal time. Stated Newton, “I sort of simply did what I’d usually do if I used to be round London myself.”


Whereas there is not any one bodyguard “uniform,” so to talk, there are some sensible requirements in terms of the way in which individuals working in safety costume. Newton named “wise sneakers that lace up” and a long-sleeved button-up shirt with a tie as his go-to gadgets in his wardrobe whereas he was working.


Newton went from defending celebrities to becoming a member of their ranks on film units, and is now pursuing an performing profession. He labored on his first movie in 2010: Inexperienced Zone, an motion film starring Matt Damon.

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Whereas he was working in Iraq in non-public safety, Newton met an armorer who served as a army advisor on Troy (2004). The armorer gave Newton, who “at all times had an curiosity in movie,” a contact within the leisure business, which Newton adopted up on when he returned to London a couple of years later. Newton was quickly requested to journey to Morocco to movie for Inexperienced Zone. On the time, he was working in safety for the Dubai royal household.


The subsequent film Newton labored on was Sherlock Holmes: A Sport of Shadows. He received to movie for much less time than he needed, since he accepted some maritime safety work throughout a manufacturing break and was at sea for much longer than he anticipated.

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Newton defined, “We had a two-month hole, and somebody requested me to go away on a ship on anti-piracy for 2 weeks, so I assumed, ‘I’ll go and do this, trigger I received two months.’ I ended up at sea for, like, far an excessive amount of longer, practically three months, method longer than I ought to’ve been away.”

Even worse, engaged on a ship meant that getting in contact with manufacturing was no straightforward feat. He recalled, “Once you’re at sea…you don’t have cell phone sign or something like that. So I couldn’t ring the movie firm to say I wasn’t going to be again. So I sort of vanished. After which, once I got here again, I defined to them what occurred, considering, ‘I’m gonna be sacked, there’s no method they will hold me,’ they usually believed what I mentioned, which was true, however they believed me, they usually let me go into the tip a part of the movie after that as properly.”

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Since then, Newton has performed “a great deal of little bits for UK TV, BBC, [and] Sky,” and is at the moment engaged on two extra movie initiatives.


When requested about any misconceptions about bodyguards that he wished he might appropriate, Newton spoke about two at size: The supposed perks of working with celebrities, and the general public’s perception that bodily violence is an inherent facet of their work.

In regards to the way of life of the one p.c, Newton mentioned, “You’re not there for you, none of that stuff’s there for you, you understand, so I believe that’s a little bit of a false impression typically, {that a} bodyguard simply kind of follows somebody round and nearly enjoys the life that they get pleasure from, ‘trigger you don’t, in any respect.”

As for the preventing, Newton joked, “By way of the entire of my profession, individuals, not within the business, however individuals exterior it, they at all times assume that I might kill a rhinoceros with my naked fingers.”

He defined, “I’ve by no means needed to contact anybody in my 17 years. … Within the UK, I discovered by my planning, and the way in which I spoke to individuals, and simply my presence at occasions, I by no means had an issue.” Newton added, “The very fact of the matter is, if I’ve to hit somebody, it’s gone fallacious already. As a result of every part you do is so it doesn’t get to that stage.”


And bodyguards haven’t any particular authorized immunity that will permit them to get bodily aggressive with somebody. Newton defined, “I believe very often individuals suppose that kind of beating somebody up is the very first thing you do, you understand, they usually’ll additionally suppose you’re allowed to do it, since you’re a bodyguard, and also you’re not. We’re not; we’re nonetheless topic to the regulation like all people else.”

“With our license, within the UK, we’ve got licensing, so there’s slight parameters we’ve got, possibly, {that a} regular man doesn’t have. However I inform you what, it’s very minimal. The whole lot needs to be open palm, as quickly as you do this [makes a closed fist], we get performed for assault on this nation.”

He went on, “And clearly, making an allowance for the types of individuals I used to to take care of, there’s paps in all places, so you’ll be able to’t be seen to be going too over-the-top; you’ll be able to’t be seen to be doing something you shouldn’t be doing, and rightly so. A variety of the individuals I taken care of, they didn’t like that strategy, anyway. They don’t desire a bodyguard which is simply too overbearing and too forceful. So, yeah, I believe that’s most likely the largest false impression.”

“You’ve received to have the ability to take care of your self, you’ve received to have the ability to take care of the particular person you’re with, and also you’ve received to have the ability to take management of a scenario, however you haven’t essentially received to have the ability to kill somebody with one flick of the wrist,” he mentioned, laughing.

“Bodyguards are available all styles and sizes,” Newton identified. And, fortunately for any aspiring bodyguards on the market, the flexibility to overcome a rhinoceros in fight just isn’t a requirement.

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