Dappy loves going fishing because it reminds him of the happy times he spent with his late father.
Dappy loves fishing because it reminds him of his late father.
The 'No Regrets' rapper is a keen angler and he got his passion for the pastime from his dad, Mungo Jerry musician Byron Contostavlos - who managed Dappy's group N-Dubz until his death in April 2007.
Dappy goes fishing as often as he can because he finds the hobby comforting.
He told Time Out magazine: ''Fishing is everything to me. I've been doing it pretty much since I come out of my mum's womb ... It's something I always used to do with pops (dad).
''Anyone who says that badman can't fish is wrong. Not that I'm a badman. I keep fishing reel!''
People are always surprised when the 25-year-old musician reveals his passion for catching fish.
But Dappy - who is joined in N-Dubz by 'X Factor' judge Tulisa Contostavlos and Fazer - insists there are many layers too his personality, despite his bad boy reputation.
He said: ''There's a lot more to me man. I'm not stupid. I know all my times tables. I know how to spell. I know how to read and write. I could tell you some s**t about the Illuminati and then you'd think, 'S**t this guy knows a lot.' ''