THE LAST WORD... ‘ I want to tell that tiny older ’ Tina how wonderful it is to grow
WITH 2015 ARIA AWARDS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE TINA ARENA CROSSWORD
“I’VE probably only been to about five or six ARIAs ceremonies because I’ve lived overseas, so I may have won more awards than I have attended ceremonies – I haven’t done the figures. Last time I was at the awards was five years ago, when I flew over specifically to induct John [Johnny Young, Arena’s mentor, of Young Talent Time fame] into the Hall of Fame, so in a way this is kind of completing a circle for me.
That [inducting Young, for which Arena sang his song The Star as part of the dedication] was important to me – I was never going to let it happen without me.
John is very important to me so I enjoyed being able to write him a speech and thank him for everything – and the contribution he’s made to the industry and never been recognised for.
I’m a little surprised to be inducted so soon afterwards – only because, I don’t know, it’s nothing I really thought of.
I was hoping it would happen one day, but I don’t exactly spend my time splitting hairs saying, ‘By the time I’m 45 or 50 I want to be inducted’. I don’t expect anything, therefore when things happen you are beautifully surprised.
I have a bit happening at the moment – a new album, moving back from overseas to Melbourne. It’s a whole new chapter.
It’s been a long time since I’ve lived in Melbourne. We’ve been looking for the past four years because when we [Arena, her partner Vincent Mancini and son Gabriel] were here, we were living with Mum and Dad. They had a chance to see Gabriel in his really formative years, but it was time to move out and get into our own house.
We have been splitting the time between Paris and England and made a determined shift to spend more time here. I never really left, though.
I celebrated turning 49 recently and I want to tell that tiny Young Talent Time Tina how wonderful it is to grow older.
It’s so beautiful to embrace it. I have a very different relationship with age than perhaps most. I’ve not really enjoyed the instilling of that whole ageist mentality
I think women do blossom and get more beautiful with time. There are beautiful moments at every stage of life, but I don’t have a use-by date.
Secret scandals from the ARIAs? I don’t have one – everyone is pretty loud and funny and there are funny moments. And if there’s a cat to let out of the bag, I sure ain’t going to be the one to release it.”