Tom Zanetti gives tour of his home as he unveils DJ decks and fish tank in the wall

Since releasing his hit single You Want Me in 2016, Tom Zanetti’s career has gone from strength to strength. The 31 year old has DJ’ed in the Love Island villa, been a contestant on Celebs Do Dating: The Mansion, appeared on Made In Chelsea and released club banger Didn’t Know.

The DJ lives in Wakefield in West Yorkshire with his son Deaconn, 14, and exclusively for OK! VIPs, he has opened her doors to his home to reveal his five favourite things about the abode. From impressive decks to a fish tank in the wall, Tom has given us a peek at all of it, and we can’t wait for you to see more! Sign up today – for FREE! – to watch the exclusive video below.

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After taking part in our Father’s Day photo shoot with Deaconn, the dad-of-one showed OK! around his home.

Taking a seat in his plush dining room, Tom told us about his favourite things in his home and the reasons why he loves the items so much.

Starting with a portrait of himself and Deaconn, Tom revealed why the black and white snap is so sentimental to him.

“It’s the first portrait I ever have made of me and my son when he’s a baby and we are actually asleep in this portrait.

"My mum took this picture and I love it more than any other gift,” he told us.

Next up is Tom’s swanky TV, which comes out of the ceiling!

He explained of the purchase: “My bedroom is all blacked out and the TV comes out of the ceiling and it’s like my own little cave where I can just hide away and enjoy a Netflix series.”

Third is his incredible fish tank, which sits in the wall of his living room.

“It’s therapeutic,” Tom told OK!. “It’s cool to have a fish tank in the wall and if Deaconn ever misbehaves I can dunk his head in it,” he added with a laugh.

And of course Tom couldn’t forget his prized DJ decks.

“On an evening we like to jam while we’re making food, play music and have a little mix,” he says of taking to the decks with Deaconn.

To hear more of Tom’s favourite things, watch the exclusive video above!

Here, Tom discusses his close relationship with his son, how he coped as a young father and his reality TV dreams…

Hi Tom. This shoot is so lovely. Tell us about your relationship with Deaconn…

He’s everything to me. He’s my best mate and everything I do is based on him. He even makes decisions for me – he’s the boss!

What’s Deaconn like?

He’s polite, funny, and he’s really warm and welcoming. I’m lucky enough to say I’ve never had a problem with him at all, he’s very laid-back, he’s a proper chiller and he’s really mature for his age.

Is he mature because of what he’s been through in his life?

Definitely. He’s had to grow up quite quickly and he’s been around me all his life – I’m his best friend. He’s been everywhere with me.

At Deaconn’s age, I was drinking and doing stupid stuff I shouldn’t have been doing. But Deaconn’s been on tour with me and he’s seen people drunk and it doesn’t interest him at all.

He’s really focused. He doesn’t even drink fizzy drinks! He’s just class, to be honest.

Sounds like he’s more sensible than you!

He’s the opposite to me when I was his age.

You said before you were kicked out of school and became a father quite young. What was it like becoming a parent during those years?

I stopped doing rebellious stuff when he was born. From the age of 13, I was involved in a lot of stuff and was getting arrested all the time.

I was making a lot of money on things I shouldn’t have been doing and hanging around with the wrong people.

I was hanging around people who were 20+ and I was only 13. I was fighting, getting kicked out of school and then when I found out I was having Deaconn, I knocked it on the head – I didn’t do anything else illegal.

I started working and trying to make money. He really grounded me – he kind of saved my life.

He kept you out of prison then?

Yeah, he kept me on the straight and narrow. He changed my life. He put me on the right route, because I was on a bad one.

Did something switch the moment he was born?

Yeah, it completely changed me. I held him and he had a big cone head, because he got pulled out with forceps. He had soft skin and I loved him. I said to the doctor, “Is his head going to stay like this?” [Laughs].

Did you fall in love with him instantly?

Yeah. Leading up to him being born, I was trying to get everything ready. I didn’t know what to expect.

I was only 16 when I found out I was going to be a dad. I was trying to work every type of job to make sure I had a pram, clothes and everything ready for him.

I didn’t know what to expect and I was scared. But when he was born, that was it, I felt comfortable. I was like, “Yes, this is my boy!” That’s it.


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What support have you had around you to raise Deaconn?

My mum, Deaconn’s grandma, is like his mum. If he’s not with me, he’s with her. It’s been like that since he was a baby. Deaconn’s grandma is like a godsend and she absolutely adores him and he adores her.

Were there times you felt judged for being a young dad?

Yes. I remember when I was young I would be pushing his pram around with a tracksuit, a hat and trainers on and people would look at me like I was doing something wrong.

But I don’t get it, because I was taking care of my responsibilities – a lot of people shy away from them at that age.

Would you like more children in the future?

I’d love more children – that is the plan. I want to try and get settled. In the next three to four years I’m building businesses, but after that I’d love to get married and have kids.

What does Deaconn think about you being famous?

When he was a kid he used to think it was really cool. I used to pull up at his school with the roof down playing music.

Now I’ve got to park around the block when I drop him off. I’m like an embarrassing dad now I think! But he’s really proud, I can tell.

Has he got a career in music ahead of him?

Me, my manager and some of my best friends say he’s like a little A and R [a talent scout].

I want to get him a work placement at a record label, because he finds so much cool music it’s unreal.

He keeps me up to date and really loves it. But his passion is football, he wants to be
a professional player.

What would you like him to do?

I want him to be a professional football player – that’s my retirement fund [laughs].

He’s really good at it and I’m trying to get him into an academy now. He’s really pushing himself hard, so hopefully we can get him in this year.

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How do you balance your busy career with being a dad?

When I was 17, that’s when I threw my first party and I sold it out, so I knew I could make money from parties and I made a bit of a name for myself up north.

But I had a son at home, so for the majority of the time I was working at night and getting home at 6am every day. I’d wait for him to wake up and give him his breakfast and take him to school. Literally for four months I didn’t sleep.

Trying to juggle everything wasn’t easy at all. I’ve always had the worst sleeping patterns – it was very serious for a lot of years. But lockdown actually helped me remedy that.

Have you got more used to it now?

I’ve always had my mum around, she’s been my rock – she helps through everything. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to take Deaconn to so many places with me, and with work.

I’ve taken him to Thailand, New York, Mexico, and he’s even been on numerous tours with me. I’m a lucky dad!

Was it hard to be away from him when you were filming Celebs Go Dating:
The Mansion?

To be honest, at this point me and Deaconn had just done 14 weeks together in lockdown and we had a right laugh!

We were riding our bikes to places and building dens. I felt like I was a kid again. It was a really worrying time – all my businesses went under and I struggled with a lot myself, but having that time to spend with Deaconn at home… I was blessed.

But by the time Celebs Go Dating came up, Deaconn made the decision.

What happened?

I was asked to do a Zoom call, so I said to Deaconn, “See what you think!” I’ve been asked to do shows like that every year and I’ve always said no because I’ve either been busy with work or had a girlfriend.

They said, “You’ll be in a £30 million mansion with loads of celebrities, loads of crazy characters and you’ll get paid for it and it’ll be brilliant.”

I said to Deaconn, “What do you think?” And he said, “Are you mad? Make sure you do that!”

I did it and we really enjoyed it and me and Deaconn watched every episode together.

He sounds like your manager!

[Laughs] Yeah, he is at times. He makes the decisions.

Speaking of Celebs Go Dating, what happened with Sophie Hermann?

We had a great time getting to know each other and made memories for life, but we live very different lives and being so busy, we just couldn’t commit.

So is it definitely all over?

We have gone our separate ways, yes. I wish the duchess all the best though.

Was it weird watching Celebs Go Dating back?

Yeah, it gave me anxiety every night. I didn’t know how it was going to be received and it’s something I’d never done before. It’s like hearing my songs on the radio – it’s amazing but I can’t help but cringe at my own voice!

Would you do another reality show?

I’d love to do I’m A Celebrity or SAS: Who Dares Wins. I’d smash the jungle!

What about Strictly?

I don’t think I’d look good in a glitter catsuit!

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