When a druggie tried to run off with my mum’s ashes I thought... there but for the grace of God
MADNESS STAR SUGGS TAKES
Life on which my mother was introduced by her maiden name, Edith Gower.
“Julie recognised the name and spotted the resemblance. She got in touch, five years ago. Mum flew to Dublin to meet Julie and, when she came back, she was different.
“Her shoulders had dropped. It was as if she’d carried a tension inside her every day since she’d been forced to part with her daughter. An innate sadness instantly disappeared.”
The pain of losing his mum has been balanced by daughter Viva having twins Buster and Birdie in July.
The singer said: “Talk about the circle of life. They’re living with us at the moment. They’re great but bloody hard work.”
Suggs wed his beloved Anne – known professionally as Bette Bright, singer with the band Deaf School – when he was 21. They also have an elder daughter, Scarlett, who married in the summer.
These days, 57-year-old Suggs is something of a national treasure, even after several bans from Top of the Pops and taking a swipe at Queen guitarist Brian May’s hair.
Suggs said: “It triggered a tsunami of angry tweets. Days later, Anne said I’d had a letter from the Queen. I said: ‘What? They’ve got lawyers on me?’ ‘No,’ she said, ‘Not Queen. Queen.’ It was an invitation to the Diamond Jubilee concert at the Palace.” As it would turn out, Madness