“I’m Pink’s big­gest fan”

Manda’s ob­ses­sion with the singer has won her the trip of a life­time

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

When Manda Dyer is be­hind the wheel of her car, peo­ple stop and stare. It’s com­pletely cov­ered with im­ages of her idol, singing su­per­star Pink.

“Some­times I for­get that,” mum-of-two Manda laughs. “Then I think, ‘What are they star­ing at?’”

In Oc­to­ber, To­day an­nounced a com­pe­ti­tion to find Aus­tralia’s big­gest Pink fan. Not sur­pris­ingly, Manda, 40, won. Now she’s head­ing off on an all-ex­pens­e­s­paid trip to see Pink in con­cert in Los An­ge­les next year.

“I’m still pinch­ing my­self,” says Manda, a teacher’s aide from Vin­cen­tia, NSW.

Her Pink ob­ses­sion be­gan when the star re­leased her sec­ond al­bum Mis­sun­daz­tood in 2001.

Manda cred­its the singer with get­ting her through some tough times. Hus­band Graham 44, spent eight years on dial­y­sis be­fore get­ting a kidney trans­plant.

And af­ter hav­ing her daugh­ters, Har­mony, now 13, and Taryn, 10, Manda suf­fered post­na­tal de­pres­sion.

“If I ever felt down, I’d put Pink on and she helped me pick my­self up,” she says.

Fa­natic Manda has all of Pink’s vinyl records, CDS and DVDS, and a col­lec­tion of posters, lim­ited-edi­tion pho­tos and framed prints.

But the air­brushed Re­nault Me­gane con­vert­ible is her pride and joy.

“Pink, her hus­band Carey Hart and daugh­ter Wil­low are on it, but last year they had a lit­tle boy, Jame­son,” says Manda. “Now I’ve got to find room some­where for him!”

Manda has already seen Pink in con­cert six times.

“If I meet her in LA, I want her to au­to­graph my wrist and I’m go­ing to get the au­to­graph tat­tooed over,” says Manda.

“It will be a dream come true.”

Manda wants to ask Pink to sign her car when she sees the star in con­cert in Syd­ney.

Daugh­ters Har­mony (left) and Taryn are dy­ing to meet the singer, too! The song ti­tle Who Knew is tat­tooed on Manda’s back along with Pink’s eyes.

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