Craig David stalker who 'believes she's his girlfriend' to challenge court order banning her from contacting him

A STALKER who is obsessed with singer Craig David will challenge a court order banning her from contacting him – because she believes she is his girlfriend.

Tanya Jeal, 31, was banned from contacting the “7 Days” star under a stalking protection order in December.

The infatuated author turned up at his home and repeatedly buzzed his intercom system while holding up a photo taken with him five years ago in 2016.

Jeal, who booked herself into the same hotel as the star, contacted his parents and stood motionless at the front of the stage during a recent gig in Bedford while holding up the same photo.

She also bombarded his management team with abusive messages, comparing her situation to Britney Spears' conservatorship.

Craig stated in the order that Jeal – who wrote novel Trophy Hunting, It’s a Killing Busines – posted on Snapchat with the caption: “I know you love me.”

The singer added she would even use fire exits to reach his hotel room and repeatedly knock on his door.

Appearing at the hearing today via video link from her suburban home in Orpington, Kent, she told a District Judge that she wants to challenge the order.

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However the obsessive stalker did not give out clear reasons as to why she wanted to oppose the order.  

The court heard she suffers from physical and mental health problems, but they were not laid out in further detail.

Jeal hopes to call the singer as a witness when she challenges the order at a later court hearing.

Craig has not attend any of the hearings so far in person, and the Met Police obtained the interim order on his behalf.

Flora Curtis, representing the Metropolitan Police, said the singer does not need to be called as a witness as all his evidence is contained in a statement.

She said: "He would be very distressed and find it quite emotionally difficult to be in the same room as her and particularly being asked questions by her."

The musician, who is a judge on ITV talent show Walk The Line, received an MBE from Prince Charles for services to music on the same day the order was imposed last month.


Court documents from the previous hearings stated: "Jeal would refer to Mr David as her boyfriend on social media despite him not being.

"Mr David could see from social media that she would be staying at the same hotel as him waiting for him to leave and arrive daily.

"Mr David explains that Jeal would use false pretenses and go through fire exits to get to his hotel room, where she would repeatedly knock on his door with no invite or consent to do so.

"She posted a note under his door saying, 'I hope Budda deals with lies like you, Budda will take this from here, you are an a***hole, from Tanya, you're motherf*ing girlfriend.'

“In November 2021 Mr David performed a concert in Bedford and explains that Jeal was in the front row and stood motionless for the whole show wearing sunglasses and holding a picture of herself and Mr David from 2016.

"Mr David says he got this picture with her so he could show security who it was.”

Craig became famous in 1999 after appearing on the single Re-Rewind by Artful Dodger.

The following year he released his debut album Born to Do It, which sold 7.5 million copies worldwide and became one of the best-selling albums from a British R&B artist of all time.

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