MEET TEEN STAR TYGER DREW HONEY’S GLAMOROUS MUM. OH, BY THE WAY SHE USED TO STAR IN PORN MOVIES!

Surely it seems only about five minutes since Tyger Drew-Honey was the chubby-cheeked, pre-teen, sensible eldest son of the Brockman family in TV’s Outnumbered. But now here he is, aged 18 and all chiselled-features and startling blue eyes, and very much a young man with opinions.

After six years of being one of Britain’s favourite sitcoms, Outnumbered may have finished but Tyger is still very much in demand. He’s still acting and recently completed a second series of BBC3’s Cuckoo, but in the meantime he’s turned into a teenage version of Louis Theroux.

In his new documentary series, Tyger On . . ., he investigates what it’s like being a teenager in Britain today. Among the topics Tyger has picked are internet ­dating and body image — including the modern cult of the ‘selfie’. 

One of the most disturbing topics he tackles is pornography. And here Tyger has — somewhat shockingly — a very ­personal perspective on an industry ­ruthlessly targeting modern teens.  

His full name is Lindzi James Tyger Drew-Honey — an amalgamation of the names of his parents, who were both involved in the porn industry and, in fact, made a fortune from it. 

His father is Simon Honey, one of the porn industry’s most famous names both for starring in and producing porn films, while his mother Linzi Drew was a ­glamour model, video porn star (she gave it up when Tyger was born) and the editor of porn magazine Penthouse.

Before the internet, there was a lot of money to be made from porn videos; Tyger grew up in a £2 million house in Surrey and was sent to the best schools.

Almost inevitably, at his private school, Epsom College, bullies would taunt him about what his parents did; he never showed them how much it hurt. ‘I didn’t react, I would laugh it off and they realised it wouldn’t work,’ he says defiantly.

‘I did get upset, not because of what they were saying but why they were saying it. 

‘Why were they trying to hurt me? It made me think they didn’t like me. That’s what I couldn’t understand; I wouldn’t want to deliberately upset someone.’ 

He insists he was never embarrassed about how his parents made their living: it’s all he ever knew. ‘They were always very open with me,’ he says.

But things did get a bit embarrassing when his parents found him watching porn when he was 14 — he says he’d first found it on the internet after typing in ‘boobs’ when he was ‘eight or nine’. ‘There was no shouting or anything like that, but my dad was worried that I would find something with him in it,’ he says.  

He was forced to leave his private school after his GCSEs when his parents divorced after 30 years together, and suddenly the money — which had been dwindling due to the rise of free porn on the internet — ran out. He could have paid for the school fees ­himself with his earnings from Outnumbered, but preferred to save his money and taught himself his A-Levels in French, Spanish and psychology, while living in a small, rented house with his mother. 

He admits that until he made the new documentary — which features him interviewing his parents — he saw pornography only as harmless fun. It was a world he grew up in and his father, whose home is full of porn awards and sex toys, talks openly about it. 

But looking at the subject with an objective film-maker’s eye, and meeting young men addicted to porn and seeing how it affects all of today’s teenagers, has led to a Damascene-style conversion.

‘When it comes to porn, the internet has changed everything,’ he says. ‘You used to have to go to a shop and buy a DVD if you wanted to watch anything like that. But now all you have to do is type some words into Google and it’s all there for you — and it’s free.

‘There are not enough ­barriers to stop really young kids watching it.   ‘It replaces sex education and there is a whole generation who are growing up with a really warped view about what sex should be about. It feels like this generation is an accident waiting to happen because of our easy access to porn from such a young age.’

What hit Tyger hardest about the dangers of sex films on the internet was when he interviewed a teenage girl whose boyfriend had become hooked on watching rape scenes on porn sites and then started acting out his fantasies without her consent. 

‘She was traumatised, and it showed me that porn can ruin lives if it’s not used properly,’ he recalls. ‘It was a massive eye-opener. She was raped repeatedly by her boyfriend, but the interesting thing is she didn’t seem to have any real resentment towards him; she saw them both as victims of pornography.’

There is, indeed, a lot to worry about when it comes to the mental health of our teenagers. 

But as his critical judgments on the porn industry suggest, Tyger seems a well-balanced and thoughtful young man.

 

 



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