Geordie Shore star Gaz Beadle blames his battered passport for being deported from Queenstown last week – and then being sent to an Australian detention centre.
In a post on British tabloid The Daily Star, Beadle also reveals the Kiwi radio station he was working for, MediaWorks-owned The Edge, went to the High Court to try and get him in – so he could join cast-mate Marty McKenna.
He wrote that he sat at Queenstown Airport for seven hours, only to be told he wasn’t allowed in – but was allowed to stay in his pre-booked room at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.
Beadle: “To be fair, they had previously told me not to come back to New Zealand with my battered passport (which I didn’t get changed), so I guess me and the team are to blame there.
“Eventually, by enforcing law 257 – which allows a detainee to stay at pre-approved accommodation – I was allowed in my suite.
“Now, this is where it gets interesting.
“The radio station I work with in NZ got the absolute top boy of lawyers in the high court the next morning to try and get me to stay in the country.
“But it was all too late and I was on my way back to Melbourne.”
It went from bad to worse for Beadle when he touched down in Australia, as he was taken to a deportation centre.
“I was given a bin bag with my bedding in, that’s when it hit me. All that was running through my head was panic.
“I was stripped of everything. It didn’t matter who you were, you were just a number. In fact, I was A17.
“Just having to ask about everything was odd. I s*** you not, this was the weirdest f***ing thing I have ever experienced.”