Olly Murs Pays Himself a Plumber’s Salary



30-year-old X Factor alumni Olly Murs pays himself a modest salary each month because he doesn’t want to end up like some bankrupt 90s pop star.

Despite the fact that he is worth around £5 million, the modest singer pays a monthly allowance into his bank that is equal to his friends’ salaries.

“I’ve given myself a salary recently, because I think it’s important. For the first two years I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll buy that and this. Mum, what do you want? I’ll get it for you. But then you watch shows like the Big Reunion and it opens your eyes to realize that this can all go so quickly, and you’ve got to be wise with your money. Even Ed Sheeran talks about paying himself a salary.”

The down-to-earth singer is happy with his current lifestyle and doesn’t want to be any different than his mates who are plumbers and builders.

“I look forward to being able to pay my bills each month and having a little bit left over to spend. But I’m not really into extravagant buying, I’m not that kind of person. I’ve got mates in different jobs to me, and they’re not on the same amount of money as me. So I don’t want to be like a big time Charlie. I’ve never been that kind of person, I always like us all to be on an equal playing field. I like us all to be mates together. I’m a singer, you’re a builder, you’re a plumber, you work in a bank. We all earn different salaries, but we’re all the same. So I always give myself a little salary each month to keep me ticking over. Some artists you see out there buying all these flash cars and big houses.”

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