- As a teenager, he was stabbed and spent five days in the hospital. The experience led him on a path to focus on creative endeavors and give back to the community.
- Began teaching swimming to local children at age 15 and set up his own swimming academy in Islington, London.
- Was a rapper under the pseudonym Dinnerlady P.I.M.P. and released an album, The Eat Up, in 2007.