5ive pop star turned farmer Abz Love selling Brit Award to fund a purchase of topsoil

Bidding begins on Best Pop Act prize handed to boy band in 2000

Abz Love, the former member of the boyband 5ive who now lives on a farm, is selling his Brit Award in a bid to raise money for some “topsoil and maybe some garden tools”.

Love asks eBay bidders to “take advantage of my poverty” and reveals he is selling the item to support his new lifestyle. He was most recently seen on BBC2’s Abz On The Farm which followed him as he moved out of London and set up life on a smallholding in Wales.

In his blurb on the eBay item, Love writes that purchasing the award will ensure “no more awkward silences when people come over to your house” and adds that “this is a real conversation piece even if you didn’t win it! Guaranteed 100 per cent real”. Love adds that he will take the money and use it to buy “a delivery of topsoil and maybe some garden tools”.

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The statue is said to be in good condition but “has been dropped and knocked a few times and is currently being used as a door stop”. It is also stated that the award has been held by actor Jason Statham, “although I can not prove this”.

The Brit Award for best pop act was won by 5ive in 2000. They beat fellow nominees S Club 7, Steps, Martine McCutcheon, Ann Lee and Geri Haliwell to the prize.

At the time of writing, bids on the item have passed £5,000.