Lau­per’s dif­fer­ent view­point

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

SHE’S a pop star who helped de­fine a gen­er­a­tion yet Cyndi Lau­per still sees her­self as an out­sider.

Twenty-eight years since her an­themic song Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ soared to the top of the charts, Lau­per is still tour­ing and lov­ing life.

‘‘ I am dif­fer­ent,’’ Lau­per said. ‘‘ It’s not what you wear. It’s the way you think and what you are. I am an out­sider but it’s good be­cause it gives me per­spec­tive.’’

Lau­per, 57, kicked off an Aus­tralian tour in Bris­bane last night, play­ing Syd­ney’s State Theatre on Thurs­day and Fri­day.

She’s also writ­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic for Broad­way stage mu­si­cal Kinky Boots’ as well as her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

Lau­per, who is mar­ried to ac­tor David Thorn­ton and has a 13-year-old son, De­clyn, ar­rived in Aus­tralia from Ja­pan on Thurs­day.

She spent t wo weeks i n Tokyo, re­fus­ing to leave de­spite health warn­ings fol­low­ing the tsunami.

‘‘ I wasn’t go­ing to leave,’’ she said. ‘‘ It’s just aw­ful. They need sup­port right now.’’

ON TOUR: Cyndi Lau­per is still per­form­ing, writ­ing and lov­ing life

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