|Toyah: I'm being
terrorised by jet-set stalker
rock star Toyah Willcox is living in fear after
being plagued by a woman jet-set stalker.
The obsessed fan has been
jetting in from New York to harass the singer and
actress at her home. And the situation has become
so serious that a friend has offered Toyah an
ex-SAS soldier to protect her.
singer, who lives in the quiet market town of
Xxxxxxxx in Worcestershire with rock star husband
Robert Fripp, said: "This woman is severely
mentally ill. She is very dangerous.
"I want her to leave
me alone but I don't wish her any harm. I told a
high-profile industrialist about the problem and
he offered me the number of the SAS man who could
days, stalkers are taken very seriously and the
police have been very helpful."
So frightened has the 48
year-old star been that she has enlisted
"Immigration are also
dealing with the problem," she revealed.
"They are trying to stop her coming into
Britain. It is a long way to come from New York,
but that's what people do when they're mentally
ill. When I say anything, she thinks I'm
communicating with her.
"I've had to deal
with several stalkers over the years. Some are
just over-zealous fans who don't mean any harm,
but their presence is inappropriate. I don't want
people hanging around outside my front door. It's
difficult when I live in a town and not the
middle of the country. I don't like to create
that kind of attention.
"My husband has had
even more problems than me. Ten years ago,
someone tried to kill him. The stalker was
sectioned and is now in prison in
Toyah, who grew up in
Kings Heath, Birmingham, is returning to her home
city on Saturday to perform at the Alexandra
Theatre in The Hitmakers Tour, a 1980s revival
show with Howard Jones and ABC's Martin
She admits that touring
these days is different from 20 years ago.
"I'm much more
relaxed now, and there's no throwing TVs out of
hotel windows!" she said. "I used to be
very rock'n'roll, going for days without eating
and sleeping, and just going AWOL. Once, I jumped
off a Manchester hotel balcony and swung from a
chandelier in the foyer. It was very dangerous
"A security man had
to get a ladder to get me down. I have a lifetime
ban from that hotel!"
These days Toyah is
teetotal, and more interested in a quiet country
walk. She's made four nature documentaries for
the BBC to be screened next year, featuring
animals in danger in the Midlands - swans,
salmon, water voles and slow-worms.
It was facing snakes,
spiders and eels in the Australian jungle that
proved a turning point for Toyah.
She was horrified to see
footage of herself without make-up on I'm A
Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! Jonathan Ross said
she looked so awful that she shouldn't be allowed
to appear on TV.
And Toyah agreed with
In February 2004, she went
to Paris for a £7,500 procedure and then
published a book, Diary Of A Facelift.
"It's put some people
off," she admitted. "They say 'I'm
really glad I read your book because I know I
could never go through that'."
Holding her hand after the
operation was her husband of 20 years, guitarist
Robert Fripp, the 60 year-old founder of
supergroup King Crimson.
Until recently, he spent
most of his time working 4,000 miles away in
Nashville. They used to spend just 12 weeks of
the year together, although they spoke on the
phone five times a day.
Now they are more
regularly both to be found in Pershore or at
their London home. Toyah admits they have grown
closer since her facelift.
"There were some
pretty gruesome moments after the op, but he was
wonderful," she said. "He was so
patient and calm. I really thought that the
moment he saw me, looking all bruised and
swollen, he'd run away. But he rose to the
occasion brilliantly and it's made our marriage
5th November 2006