Hottons of Date Rush season 7 has opened up on how the reality show has influenced his life. After walking away with his date on the show, Hottons says he now considers himself a celebrity.
Hottons disclosed that after appearing on the show on national television, he has abruptly turned into a celebrity — this new status, he believes has had a positive and negative effect on his life. He disclosed that the downside of his new status included changing his usual commute.
He said, for example, he could no longer take Trotro [privately owned minibus] as people especially those who knew him before, members of his community and Ghanaiansib general positioned him on a pedestal.
“In a way, it has helped me because everything has a positive and negative side. The negative aspect is that I made an appearance on TV. In Ghana, when they see you on TV, they see you as a celebrity. In my neighbourhood, it’s like I can’t really live my normal lifestyle. Now i can’t take Trotro again. It’s either Uber or a taxi. The negative side is it comes with some kind of pressure.”
He also mentioned that once people see you on TV, they assume you’re rich and make monetary demands on social media.
“People just saw you on TV. Some people will DM you on social media to help them solve their problems (money). But we are regular people.”
Hottons is an aspiring musician, who hopes to leverage his newfound fame to push his music and career to success.
“One funny thing is I almost gave up on music. Francis, my media guy, motivated me, and I came back. Coming in as a musician is not easy,” he added.