Blue heart-throb Simon Webbe lost his $2,700 (GBP1,500) diamond and silver DOLCE + GABBANA bracelet in a bet with Irish star Brian McFadden.

The IF YOU COME BACK hitmaker challenged former WESTLIFE singer McFadden to a pool match backstage at the SMASH HITS POLL WINNERS PARTY at London's Wembley Arena on Sunday (21NOV04).

Webbe was initially confident about the betting stakes because McFadden had reportedly been drinking alcohol all afternoon.

A backstage onlooker explains, "Simon asked Brian if he wanted to pay for GBP1,000, but Brian said they should bet their 'bling' instead.

"He had a CHANEL watch worth GBP3,000 and Simon was sporting his Dolce + Gabbana bracelet which was worth around GBP1,500. You wouldn't have thought they were betting types, but Brian was insistent on it.

"He had been boozing and chain-smoking all day and looked pretty hungover, so Simon naturally thought he'd beat the living daylights out of Bri - but he completely obliterated.

"Brian told Simon he doesn't need the bracelet (and tried to return it), but Simon said a bet's a bet."

23/11/2004 14:04