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