Fab Over 50: My Life In
'I don't lie about how old
I am. I think I look good for my age'
The singer and actress
on how it was so important for her to have a face
lift, never wanting to have kids, and always
being a free spirit...
If I was going to be a
mum I'd be Billie Piper's. In the last series of Secret
Diary Of A Call Girl Billie kept
kissing me on top of my head. She is such a
giggle and I love her work, she oozes talent.
We've both been singers, and that helped me to
get into the role of her mother for the series. I
play mothers quite well, because I am not
conventional. mothers aren't conventional. They
have to be able to wear many faces. I'm perfect
playing a mother, but I wouldn't be a perfect
mother, I'd be awful. I'd be off travelling and
the week's food would be in the freezer with a
note saying 'Feed yourself' on it. I'm not
interested in family life at all. I don't like
being told what to do, there's very little
compromise with me.
This looks very funny
because Princess Diana was very tall and I'm very
short. We were both speakers at the Woman Of
The Year lunch. Dame Judi Dench was there as
well, and Di didn't shy away from pointing out we
were both considerably smaller than her. She said
to us, "Would you like me to kneel or bend
over?" At the lunch, Di told me she wanted
her boys to be happy and for them to have a life,
choices and freedom of their own. I was
devastated when she passed away, but I like
talking about her. I'm one of the many who don't
want her to be forgotten.
When he came out of the
jungle, David Guest called to invite me to a
party he was having at Madame Tussauds. I'd
never spoken to him before, but he's kind of like
that. He made such an effort to get to know lots
of British celebrities after I'm A
Celebrity... We had supper then went to the
bash. After this photo was taken I didn't see him
again, he was off with all of his friends. But he
was a marvellous host and I laughed my head off
chatting to him.
My one regret in life
is that I didn't throw whopping great handfuls of
this cess pit at Ant and Dec. They were
laughing and taking the piss. They'd have
deserved it. The pit was full of rat poo, spiders
and insects. I smelt awful for five days after.
No one would come near me. I ate alone for two
days. I lost 10 pounds on I'm A Celebrity...
Get Me Out Of Here, which I loved, but it
didn't last long. Psychologically, being on the
show changes you. The whole thing is set up to
alter you, so I can understand why people act
strangely in there.
I've been very open
about having a facelift. It was important for
my career to have it done. The cliché for an
actress is that you hit 50 and you're only
offered the role of a mother, and it's true. I
don't lie about my age. I think I look good for
51, but I don't think I look 30. The thing is,
virtually everyone else is doing it. I admire
women who admit to it, like Sharon Osbourne. The
surgery has given me confidence. I feel I've
invested in myself, and I see surgery as a form
of empowerment. What I've done is a natural
thing, a basic procedure, and I hope I look my
age. But I think young girls having massive
breast implants aren't doing themselves any
favours for the future.
This was one of the
happiest moments of my life. I'd just won Best
Female Singer at the 1982 Rock & Pop Awards
and I was on cloud nine. I'm with Kim Wilde
and Hazel O'Connor. In the 80s we weren't very
friendly, the press used to create a rivalry
between me and Kim, but now Hazel is a close
friend and I work with Kim all the time. Kim's a
mother but Hazel, like me, doesn't have children.
Back then I had a hectic lifestyle. I did 14
interviews a day and toured non-stop. I always
thought if I played too hard I'd lose everything.
I slightly regret that, as I didn't have any down
time, I just worked. It isn't all rock 'n roll,
groupies and parties. People like us work
incredibly hard. Sometimes we could do with being
told to have a bit more fun.
At this shoot in 1993,
my husband Robert (Fripp) liked the way I looked
and he wanted to be involved. I don't dress
like that at home. Like me, he's in a band, King
Crimson. But we have a very normal, romantic
relationship. My persona as a singer is far more
out there than it is at home. Robert's not the
jealous type, we wouldn't have been together for
23 years if he was. I did a play once where I had
to pretend to make love to someone on stage. I
could hear him in the audience saying, 'That's my
wife. isn't she good?' We both like our freedom
and completely trust each other. I couldn't have
married a man who wants to be fed by me three
times a say. I want to go off and do my own
Me, Cilla Black,
Shirley Bassey and Lorraine Chase all go on
nights out at a club called Tramp in London.
We have girlie dinners and go dancing. me and
Cilla always gossip about film stars and
footballers, the usual things. When Shirley comes
over she holds court, so we usually sit back and
listen to her. The guy in the photo is John Wain,
he's my good friend and a Toyah impersonator. I
love his shows, and sometimes go on stage with
him. There's another boy who impersonates me
who's 19, he's got brilliant legs.
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Sunday Mirror/Celebs on
5th July 2009