I posted a photo of Tony the frog on Twitter – by bedtime, thousands of people were invested in his fate

As a child, I was obsessed with getting a pet but never allowed one. Dad bred St Bernard dogs and my mother grew up with a menagerie of animals, so neither wanted them at home.

Instead, I’d get bug-collecting kits and animal books for birthdays. I had a Tamagotchi digital pet and a massive collection of stuffed animals and Beanie Babies. I was always looking for a real animal friend. I’m now a singer-songwriter, actor and author, living in Los Angeles, with my partner, Jhor, and our three chihuahuas, Charlotte, Henri and Scarlet.

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