THE LAST WORD... ‘ I want to tell that tiny older ’ Tina how won­der­ful it is to grow


The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD... -

“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.”

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