|TRUTH BEHIND MY PAP PIX
'I got high as a kite in the jungle'
In the late 80s my husband, guitarist Robert
Fripp, and I made an album together called Kneeling
At The Shrine, and this is us promoting it.
Ours is not a conventional marriage because he
lives in Nashville and I live over here. I would
prefer it if we lived in the same country, but
neither of us are willing to give up our careers.
It's a compromise we make and it gives me a lot
of freedom, plus we don't have children. After 16
years I'm not sure I could ever give that freedom
up, but I do miss him a lot. He's my best friend.
Joe McGann and I appeared together in a play
called The Live Bed Show, which was about
a couple's relationship over a 20-year period. We
did the whole show in our pyjamas, and the
opening scene was me having an orgasm. One night
our director, Bob Carlton, was in a really bad
mood, so at the end of my When Harry Met Sally
noises, I shouted, 'Oh, Bob Carlton!' He was in a
better mood after that.
Another of my many stage roles, this time as Puck
in A Midsummer Night's Dream in Regent's
Park in 1993. I surfed around the stage on a
skateboard and grazed my knuckles quite a lot -
one night the skateboard shot from under me and
flew into the audience. When I made my name as a
singer in the 80s I never guessed I'd end up as a
TV presenter, but I started acting with the
National Theatre when I was 18 and had made seven
films before I had my first hit record, so I
always knew I'd end up on stage again.
Here's me, Mari Wilson and Kim Wilde at a charity
event back in the mid-80s. I used to bump into
Mari a lot because she was so successful back
then, but I think this was the first time I'd met
Kim. I met her again recently on the Here And
Now Tour and got to know her really well. I
asked her if I could cover her song View From
A Bridge for my new album, and she was cool
Being part of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out
Of Here! was remarkable. We had to face so
many issues in the jungle. There were times we
could have had a big gang fight, but we were
determined to stick together. I didn't mind the
tasks - the harder the better. the worst thing
was the starvation. There must have been four
days when we were high as kites - on hunger. But
I loved it. I enjoyed not bathing, not cleaning,
just getting muddy.
This was at Top Of The Pops in 1981, when
I was promoting my song Good Morning Universe.
I look back on those days with pride because
there were fewer opportunities for women - it was
tough - but I still became successful. My image
was a rebellion against the ideals of the time.
The hair is all mine. It took bloody hours to get
it to look like that and even longer to get it
back to normal.
Back in 1986 I appeared as Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
What I remember most about the show is the time
the orchestra walked out during a dispute, and we
performed without a band. We sang along while
people hummed and clicked their fingers. As you
can see, the dancing girls on either side of me
are about a foot taller. Perhaps I should have
done what Kylie and Madonna do and found some
This was at a signing for my autobiography, Living
Out Loud, a couple of years ago. The
publishers originally asked me to write about my
spiritual beliefs, but I declined. I'd hoped to
follow it with a novel about terrorism, but after
September 11th I didn't want to look like I was
MY FAVOURITE PAP PHOTO: I met
Diana at the Woman Of The Year Awards in 1987.
She sat next to me at lunch and we were talking
about her children. It was just before the news
started to emerge about trouble in her marriage.
In retrospect it was fascinating, because she
told me all she cared about in the world was the
future of William and Harry and that they'd be
happy, so she must have known she'd be in danger
of being parted from them. This is my favourite
photograph because I am passionate about her. I
don't want her to be wiped out of history.
Celebs magazine, 2003