ollyoaks actor Joe Tracini has announced an exciting change of direction for his career.
Known to soap lovers for his portrayal of Dennis Savage, the 33-year-old uploaded a video on Twitter on Friday (October 1) sharing the news of his new book: 10 Things I Hate About Me.
“Hi, hope you’re OK,” he said, addressing the camera, before the screen splits and an alternate version of himself chips in.
“I live with Borderline Personality Disorder [and] I’ve written a book about it, and you can pre-order that book now.
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“But I’m aware you might not want a book about BPD, so I thought the most entertaining way that I could convince you to buy a book you don’t want would be to tell you about that book through the medium of rap.”
Tracini then proceeded to rap his way through tongue-in-cheek lyrics littered with some truths about his condition.
“Hating me is a symptom of the symptoms, it’s no excuse, doesn’t make it right. But I believe the nine symptoms of BPD are actually the nine symptoms of life.”
His move into the world of publishing has received a gigantic thumbs-up from the star’s fanbase, as one individual responded in the comments: “You are an inspiration man. Funny as f**k in the face of something I can only imagine the terror of. Clever, charming, witty, and a great performer.
“Yet battling demons daily I imagine. You’re a f**king star. More power to you.. I respect and admire you.”
Another wrote: “I’ve watched this video multiple times and it’s wonderful (incredibly catchy too!). You could not have announced this brilliant news a better way! Congratulations Joe, & thank you for helping so many people.”
10 Things I Hate About Me, which will be published September 2022, is available for preorder now.
Hollyoaks airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look screenings at 7pm on E4. Selected omnibus episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video.
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