Peo­ple are scared of I’m me bipo­lar. be­cause wound­ing It’s and a bit de­press­ing

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - FEATURE -

along­side Aloe Blaac, The Roots, Mavis Sta­ples and his band, The Im­pres­sions. Cur­tis was an in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cian and visionary, I idolised him. His strug­gles to put out his fi­nal al­bum af­ter be­ing paral­ysed in a freak 1990 stage ac­ci­dent was tes­ta­ment to his ded­i­ca­tion.

...most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment?

Singers don’t re­ally do em­bar­rass­ment. It’s the na­ture of our job – go­ing into a stu­dio to record in­volves mak­ing a lot of mis­takes.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

Los­ing my head with peo­ple, but I don’t think I’ve lost it with some­one without good rea­son.

What’s been your big­gest achieve­ment?

Not rais­ing messed-up chil­dren. I told them to be them­selves no mat­ter what me or their dad or any­one else said. They’ve been raised with self-es­teem and love them­selves.

What’s your big­gest re­gret?

Hav­ing an epidu­ral when I had Jake in 1987; out­side that I don’t re­gret any­thing. I refuse to let my job dic­tate how I should be­have. I’ve ev­ery right to be as lu­natic as any­one else.

What’s your best char­ac­ter trait?

I’m an ex­tremely lov­ing per­son. I wanted to be the op­po­site to the way my par­ents were.

...and your worst?

I’m very grumpy in the morn­ings. I need lots of cof­fee and no one to talk to me un­til I feel more civilised. Or sleep­ing in my clothes and then wear­ing them the next day.

How would you like to be re­mem­bered?

For be­ing hon­est.

What was the last film you saw?

Iden­tity Thief with Melissa McCarthy. She’s funny, gen­uine, crude and filthy.

...the last book you read?

A Room With A View by EM Forster about a young woman in re­pressed Ed­war­dian Eng­land. He’s now my favourite au­thor.

...the last gig you went to?

I don’t go to gigs un­less I’m in them. I find it frus­trat­ing see­ing a mi­cro­phone and not be­ing able to sing into it.

...the last TV show you watched?

Satur­day Night Live. Yes the one where I ripped up the photo of the Pope in 1992.

What’s the last thing you’d like to say?

It’s no mea­sure of men­tal health to be well ad­justed in a pro­foundly sick so­ci­ety.

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