Gavin Barnes, imposter apparently posing as R&B singer Sisqó has been hitting up New York Fashion Week shows, sitting front row, posing for photographers and partying it up with unsuspecting attendees.
via Page Six:
The fake Sisqó sat front row at the Philipp Plein and Vivienne Tam shows — where he sported a black velvet, gold-trimmed, caftan-style Versace suit, a torrent of chunky jewelry and shades. Hitting the shows with his “assistant,” he also attended Kanye West’s presentation.
Sham Sisqó, who bleached his hair to mimic the star’s trademark do of the 1990s, was even heard bragging to fashionistas that he had just performed at Meatpacking District celebrity haunt Up&Down until 5 a.m. this week.
But the shady Sisqó was ruffled when he tried to talk his way onto a wealthy New Yorker’s private jet heading to the Caribbean and gave his passport details for the flight, which revealed his name as Gavin Barnes, born in 1986. A source said, “This guy was 13 when Sisqó’s ‘Thong Song’ came out in 2000.”
Reached by phone, Gavin told us, “I never said I was Sisqó. People thought I was him, and that wasn’t cool.” He denied posing as the singer but refused to clarify who he actually is, denying his last name was Barnes.
The real Sisqó, who is currently in Las Vegas on tour, is also on the case of the imposter, posting comments including “Datz not me” on Instagram next to photos of the fake Sisqó at fashion shows.
The singer’s real manager, Jeff Allen, told Page Six, “Management has no idea who this guy is. It’s flattering, I guess. Thanks for bringing it to our attention … What does his manager look like?”
The true Sisqó — real name Mark Althavean Andrews — was born in 1978, a member of the R&B group Dru Hill, and released his debut solo album, “Unleash the Dragon,” in 1999. Its second single, “Thong Song,” was a huge, Grammy-nominated hit in 2000, followed by his No. 1 single “Incomplete.”
More recently, the singer appeared on an episode of “Celebrity Wife Swap” and also performed a duet with Marie Osmond.
And he definitely was not at Fashion Week.
The real question is — who would sit Sisqo front row at fashion week in 2017 anyway?