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