easy to see why Toyah feels that her latest major movie role is the most
accomplished acting performance of her varied career.
For the flame-haired singer stars with Roger Daltrey
in Murder - The Ultimate Grounds for Divorce, and her part could not be
further from the real life Miss Willcox.
In the film Toyah plays a downtrodden housewife
whose boring day-to-day existence becomes the centrepiece of a murder plot
But the 25-year-old star's bizarre lifestyle is
nothing like the script. After an 18-month period in which se concentrated
solely on her acting, Toyah is once again racing up the pop charts with
her new single Don't Fall in Love.
In June, she also releases her first album - called
Minx - for over a year.
Her phenomenal success in both fields has not
only brought international acclaim for the singer hailed as the " Punk
Priestess of the 80s" but also the need for Toyah to become a very
She controls a staff of managers, publicists and
accountants who help administer her many business interests.
And away from her work, Toyah retreats into a
cosy Victorian house in London with her long-term boyfriend Tom.
Although she likes to keep her private life just
like that, Toyah revealed for the first time that her commitment to her
career has given her an unconventional outlook on love, marriage and motherhood.
"My house is a fortress for Tom and me to protect
ourselves from the outside world," Toyah told me.
"We've been together now for five years and each
day gets better - we get closer and more inseparable all the time."
"But I couldn't bear having a child and becoming
a mother at this moment in time, because I'm far too selfish."
"I have to be alone a helluva lot, and I wouldn't
have the patience to have a child constantly coming to me for help - I'm
not ready yet for that."
"I'd like to have a child some day - but as late
as possible in my career. I also think that I'd be a good mother, because
I'm very good at adapting."
"It's ironic in a way that I play the role of
a housewife in the film, because I just couldn't cope with that kind of
While Tom earns money doing studio session work
as a guitarist, Toyah concentrates on her music, designs and acting.
She is also clearly fond of Tom - but the pair
have no immediate plans to marry, and Toyah's attitude to love
is again highly individual.
"If another woman came into Tom's life, I wouldn't
fight to keep him."
"There's no way I'd battle with another woman
"My life with him is built on faithfulness, and
I've told him that once that bond is broken we'll no longer be together."
"I'm not interested at all in having affairs myself."
"But if a man is unfaithful to a woman and he
keeps hanging around, he's not worth having - I wouldn't share a man of
mine with anyone."
Now Toyah intends to spend the next few months
re-establishing her successful pop career - but she's already thinking
a long way into the future and has definite career plans.
"I think I need 15 really hard working years before
I reach a standard of acting I'll be really happy with." she said.
"I don't think I'll really achieve the artistic
performances I'm striving for until I'm about 40."
"People have concentrated too much on my punky
image in the past and not enough on my music - it's now
time to correct that."
Toyah has recently made some sweeping changes
in her personal life. She's become a vegetarian, gone completely
teetotal, and works out regularly in a gymnasium in her home to keep her
in perfect shape.
"I'm getting older so I want to consciously take
care of my body," she said. "I was drinking just to be social - some days
I was putting away a bottle of Bacardi through boredom and then lying down
"So I just decided to revolutionize my life -
I stopped, and have never looked back."
"I don't need drugs either - I've never taken
any, and don't intend to start. I also won't tolerate people who work for
me taking drugs. If they do it in front of me, I won't have them around."
Daily Record, 1985