Q&A

Tim Cahill on fam­ily and fashion.

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by JES­SICA HAL­LO­RAN Tim Cahill’s la­bel Cahill+ is avail­able now.

Soc­cer in the UK has pro­duced flashy cou­ples like Posh and Becks and Wayne and Coleen Rooney. You played for Ever­ton for al­most a decade – how did you and your wife Re­bekah keep it low-key? The fo­cus is on the sport. I let my foot­ball do the talk­ing. I re­spect my wife’s de­ci­sion to do – or not do – as much as she wants. It’s a sim­ple life and we like it like that. You two met at Kings­grove North High School and now have four chil­dren, Kyah (13), Shae (11), Si­enna (nine) and Cruz (four). What is your best re­la­tion­ship ad­vice? Mak­ing sure that you make time for your­selves as a cou­ple and re­ally appreciating what mums do. You can just imag­ine what it is like with four kids – from break­fast to the school run, get­ting them ready is hec­tic. Then it starts all over again with pick­ing them up from school. Home­work. Bath time. For me, it is ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what women do as moth­ers. You don’t get it at the start, but af­ter the first baby it sinks in. There are a few re­al­ity checks when Mummy goes out with the girls… What sort of dad are you? I am very hands-on. My main thing is to teach my kids to be re­spect­ful and grate­ful. I want to make sure they are brought up – re­gard­less of our lifestyle – the same way my par­ents brought me up. How do you bal­ance fa­ther­hood with glo­be­trot­ting? You’ve got to put fam­ily first. When I play in big tour­na­ments, the kids and my wife come with me. When I am rep­re­sent­ing the Soc­ceroos at the World Cup, I’ll take an en­tourage of 15 to 20 peo­ple. I also like hav­ing my par­ents there, be­cause they love be­ing with their grand­chil­dren. Your dad once said, “You can’t live in a car,” but that didn’t stop you from buy­ing a black Lam­borgh­ini. What made you do it? My first goal was al­ways to be fi­nan­cially sta­ble. It’s about mak­ing the right fi­nan­cial choices for my kids, my fam­ily, my par­ents. You’ve got to own a house, have no debt and then you can en­joy the fruits of [your suc­cess]. Is it still parked in your garage? Nah, the car is gone. It was just a toy at the time. I sup­pose you grow out of cars. What are you driv­ing now? A Nis­san. I am pretty happy with that. You once said, “Ev­ery­thing else that comes with [foot­ball] is fake. Money, con­tracts, news­pa­per head­lines… but you can’t get your­self mauled up in that bub­ble, be­cause that’s what breaks play­ers and ath­letes men­tally.” How have you kept sane? I grew up with a Samoan back­ground and you can never for­get your roots. If you are not con­sis­tently do­ing well in foot­ball – scoring goals and win­ning at a high level – it can all be taken away in a se­cond. Big con­tracts only come when you are pro­duc­ing the goods. I hear you are a One Di­rec­tion fan. What is the con­nec­tion be­tween you and Niall Ho­ran? Niall is a big

“I ap­pre­ci­ate what women do as moth­ers. There are a few re­al­ity checks when Mummy goes out”

soc­cer fan. We were send­ing each other mes­sages and he said, “Come to a show.” He was play­ing in Syd­ney and my kids are big fans, so we went and met them [back­stage] be­fore­hand. I signed a Soc­ceroos top for Niall and for the last song he came out wear­ing it. Did that win you brownie points? The re­ac­tion of my kids… Oh, I was buzzing. My daugh­ter Si­enna was ex­cit­edly say­ing, “Dad, that is your top!” Niall went above and be­yond to make them feel spe­cial. What other play dates do you get up to? When we are in New York [the Cahills have a fam­ily home there] it’s bar­be­cu­ing, play­ing foot­ball in the base­ment on our pitch. We are a very ac­tive fam­ily. You’ll see a lot on Instagram. When we put Si­enna and Cruz to bed, me and the older boys also play FIFA [on Xbox]. You’ve said that liv­ing in New York gave you ex­po­sure to the fashion industry. How did it in­flu­ence your la­bel Cahill+? You are ex­posed to many de­sign­ers, lots of events and fashion shows. The other main thing was my re­la­tion­ship with Gior­gio Ar­mani over the years. Fly­ing around the world and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing that style of fashion from some­one I re­ally ad­mire was great. I love foot­ball. It is some­thing I am very pas­sion­ate about, but fashion also comes with it. You want to look good, play good and feel good. Cahill+ made its de­but at New York Fashion Week in Fe­bru­ary this year – how did it com­pare to play­ing in a World Cup? For me, it was ex­cite­ment. Are peo­ple go­ing to like it? Is it go­ing to do well? I think the whole ba­sis of it is prepa­ra­tion and be­ing able to at­tack it. How into fashion were you as a kid grow­ing up in Western Syd­ney? I did like fashion, but it was any­thing your par­ents bought you and you made the most of the out­fits. [The pas­sion] grew with me learn­ing about brands as a foot­baller. I was in­tro­duced to Jimmy Choo shoes, Louboutins for men, Ba­len­ci­aga and Alexander Wang, who I am mas­sively in­spired by. What goals do you want to score with Cahill+? In Aus­tralia it is firstly about place­ment. It’s very dif­fi­cult join­ing the set-up of ma­jor re­tail­ers, but in only a short space of time and be­ing a foot­baller, I have achieved a lot. We are now in Myer, Cul­ture Kings, Glue Store, Top­man and The Iconic. I take it bit by bit. I don’t get too car­ried away.

``I love foot­ball, but fashion also comes with it. you want to look good´´

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