PINK IN OZ
EXCLUSIVE MY MELBOURNE PARTY DAYS
IT was the day Pink wanted to quit. Not singing, not performing but touring Australia on a motorcycle with her motocross champion husband, Carey Hart.
As Pink prepares to announce her Beautiful Trauma tour dates tonight, the What About Us pop superstar recalled the night she collapsed in a bawling, bug-smeared heap by the side of an Australian highway.
The 38-year-old has also told of her love affair with Melbourne — her biggest market per capita in the world — and the special young fan she befriended at a concert.
Before her highway breakdown, Pink and Hart had taken time out from the record-breaking Funhouse tour for a 1600km road trip from Cairns to Brisbane when they rode into a tropical storm and a plague of insects.
For the woman renowned for flying through the air with the greatest of ease during her concerts, the bug onslaught was “the worst day of my life”.
She can laugh heartily about it now — as her teasing husband does — but not so much back in July 2009, when the American star couple found themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere.
“Oh god, there were so many bugs that I was crying while I was riding,” she said.
“And there were all the signs which say watch out for wallabies and kangaroos everywhere, so I was just waiting to be taken out by a kangaroo while eating the most protein I have had in my life.
“Finally, I had enough and I pulled over. And (Carey) kept going because he doesn’t look behind him. I sat down by the side of the road by myself in the middle of nowhere for 15 minutes until he came back.”
Hart found his wife “rocking back and forth” on the gravel and dirt. He didn’t improve the mood of his exhausted partner when he grinned widely and declared their Australian road adventure “the best trip ever”.
“He had a bandana over his mouth and takes off his goggles and it is the only part of his body which is not covered in green slime from bugs. And I looked at him and started bawling,” she said.
“I told him, ‘This is the worst day of my life, I’m not going any further.’
“And he’s like, ‘You can’t stay here. It’s only 88km to the next gas station, we’ll call a hotel and get them to come and get us.’
“I was like, ‘I quit, I’m done, I would rather die.’ He keeps telling me it’s only