Corrie’s Simon Gregson quit booze after ‘messy bust up’

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Simon Gregson, 48, recently gave up his bad habits, partly to set a good example for his sons. The dad of three also got a wake-up call earlier this year in the back of a police van. In April, the Coronation Street veteran was enjoying some hospitality during Aintree Ladies Day at The Rocking Horse, a Toby Carvery opposite the Grand National racecourse.

Simon had been photographed drinking Guinness in the course’s infamous luxury suites earlier in the day and headed to the pub after.

A source told the Sunday Mirror that a “bust-up” ensued and the bouncers kicked Simon out.

They said: “They pinned him to the ground before the police arrived.

“He was taken to the police van and spoken to for some time.

“It was all very messy.”

A police spokesman confirmed to The Mirror that the Merseyside Police did attend the incident, after receiving a report that two men were in an “altercation inside the pub”.

They noted no injuries were reported and “the victim declined to make a formal complaint to police.”

Later that month it was revealed that the investigation had been dropped.

Now, The Mirror reports that the actor has given up drinking for good.

He said: “I used to smoke, but I haven’t smoked for four months and I haven’t drank for longer.”

The Corrie star has three children with his wife Emma Gleave: Alfie, 15, Harry, 13, and Henry, six.

The Steve McDonald actor admitted that while his children don’t watch him on Corrie, they did see what he does at home.

He said: “I used to sit there with a glass of wine and a fag and be like that (to his children), ‘Don’t ever drink and smoke’.

“So I was like, ‘I’m going to have to lead by example here’.”

Simon’s drinking started when he first got his Corrie role, as he later recalled spending his entire salary on going out.

In a 2014 interview with the Sunday Mirror, Simon recalled: “Me and my mates would get dangerously drunk. We were really stupid. I’d pay for everyone to stay in hotel suites.

“I’d go through a bottle of Scotch at 4 or 5am after the pub.”

Eventually, Simon’s antics began “interfering with work” and impacted his relationships with his Corrie colleagues.

In the 2014 interview, the actor claimed he had “turned it around” already.

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