LULU DAT­ING ISN’T A PRI­OR­ITY FOR ME

As the singer kicks off her UK tour she tells JU­LIA KUTTNER about spoil­ing grand­chil­dren, her se­cret to look­ing great at 68 and why she would never go on­line to find love

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now, I was with Mau­rice when we met him in Las Ve­gas but I was just too shy to go back and see him. “I wish I’d known I was per­fect when I was younger. I just al­ways wanted to please peo­ple but I didn’t think I was good enough. Now I tell young peo­ple they are good as they are.” Ear­lier this year she ful­filled an am­bi­tion to tour the US. “I’d al­ways wanted to tour Amer­ica and fi­nally I did it. It was fab­u­lous. Try to do stuff on your wish list. “I spent 30 years and read­ing ev­ery book there is. “When I feel a lit­tle bit down, which of course we all do, then there are things that I do. “I have sup­port­ive friends who say, ‘Look at the world. What are the good things that have hap­pened to­day?’ They say write lists and it’s study­ing self-help important to have a good cry when you need it.

“I have managed to find some equi­lib­rium and seren­ity and I’m still the same per­son I’ve al­ways been. I say the seren­ity prayer ev­ery day and I’m ex­tremely pas­sion­ate and thank God I have that for my work and I love singing.

“I’m not happy-clappy all the time and things don’t al­ways go how I planned. I’ve been dis­ap­pointed but I re­cover from that quicker than when I was young.

“When I was a teenager I used to get very emo­tional and up­set. I think ev­ery­body has been to hell and back. Peo­ple think if you are on tele­vi­sion, if you have a record, if you sing, if you’re on stage, your life is so dif­fer­ent – it must just be twin­kling stars, glit­ter and gold. It’s life. Life is life and no­body gets away with it.”

But one con­stant source of hap­pi­ness to her are her young grand­chil­dren. She rel­ishes the pre­cious time when she’s just nanna rather than a public fig­ure with all the baggage that goes with it.

“It’s just a gift,” she says. “It’s like I’ve been given a bonus in my life. I’m trea­sur­ing it be­cause I can see a point when they’ll be too busy. They’re al­ready hav­ing play­dates… I have to drop them off and I used to get to hang with them a bit more.

“Bella is seven and Teddy five so you know it’s going to be soon. I think when you’re grand­par­ents it’s the qual­ity of time. It’s dif­fer­ent from be­ing a par­ent

“They call me nanna, they love mu­sic. They are very sweet about my songs, they know the words and they sing. Their par­ents have done the hard work, I just get the ic­ing on the cake.”

Lulu’s All About The Mu­sic Tour be­gins tonight at the Looe Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Corn­wall

Pic­tures: CHRIS FLOYD/CAM­ERA PRESS; GETTY

BONDS: Lulu with sec­ond hus­band John Frieda and their son Jor­dan, who now has chil­dren of his own and right, in Strictly, 2011

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