A student who quit university to become a Harry Styles lookalike has flopped – despite claiming he can’t leave the house for fear of being MOBBED.
Deluded Aron Dale, 25, says he can’t go shopping without being ”surrounded” by screaming fans who think he really is the floppy-haired One Direction singer.
He reckons when he goes out wearing Harry’s trademark skinny jeans he can’t move for autograph hunters – and he can’t have a girlfriend because they simply get too jealous.
Aron also says he’s such a doppelganger for the pop star he’s a ‘distraction’ for women who can’t stop looking at him – and often brings crowds of women ”to a standstill’
Despite packing in his university engineering course to be the 1D heartthrob full time he has only clinched six jobs in more than a year – mostly at children’s parties.
But he says his lukewarm success is simply because “everyone” in his home town already knows he isn’t the real Harry.
Aron, from Redcar, North Yorkshire, is planning to move to London in a bid to make it big – and reckons it could be his ticket to being the new face – of L’Oreal or Coca Cola.
He said: “At first I didn’t really notice I looked like Harry because One Direction is more for young girls so I didn’t really take an interest in the band.
“But soon people were stopping and gawping at me in the streets and friends and family were commenting on our similar looks.
“It has its ups and downs, looking like a famous singer, but I can bring a whole coffee shop or restaurant to a standstill when I go out dressed in Harry’s trademark clothing – bandana round my head, skinny jeans and leather boots.
“On top of this, I talk like him and I have the same swagger – I just am him!
“It can be difficult looking like someone famous but I guess this is my life now. There’s not much I can do about my face.
“When everyone fancies you, the novelty wears off after a while.”
Single Aron was studying at Northumbria University when he dropped out to concentrate on becoming a full-time Harry Styles doppelganger.
He said: “I decided it could be a lucrative career as I didn’t know what else to do.
“I’ve done mostly kids parties, where I just turn up to say ‘happy birthday’ and they all go crazy. It’s pretty easy really.”
But it isn’t all fun and games being an A-lister lookalike.
“One time I bought Starbucks to a complete standstill after ordering a coffee,” added Aron.
“People saw me and started whispering and pointing and next thing I knew the place was full of people staring at me. My coffee was cold by the time I got to drink it.
“I broke up with a girl two months ago because she couldn’t handle the attention I received and I just wanted to focus on me.”
Aron is currently signed to five lookalike agencies and makes ?100 an hour for each appearance – but has only done six appearances in more than a year.
He insisted: “If I lived in London it would be a different story.
“Redcar is a small place and everyone knows who I am here, so they no longer mistake me for Harry.
“But when I’m in London people are constantly stopping me for pics and my autograph. I can’t walk around without being mobbed.
“If I get the right publicity, I could be huge. It’s about being in the right place at the right time.
“There’s got to be money in looking like I do. Maybe I could do ad campaigns for L’Oreal or Coca Cola or something. I need to make the most of it whilst Harry’s so big.”
But not everyone agrees that Aron is such a twin for Harry.
Samantha Timmins, 18, of Redcar, said: ”He looks like Harry’s third cousin. I suppose he has the same hair. He looks more like my uncle Steve.”
Gemma Walker, 17, a 1D fan from Redcar, added: ”He’s completely deluded.’