‘in­con­ve­nient’ truth

Sunday Star-Times - - ESCAPE | MUSIC -

He breaks into a cou­ple of bars of Sur­vivor by Des­tiny’s Child. I want more. His voice does sound strong.

He’s look­ing for­ward to co-host­ing the NZ Mu­sic Awards next Thurs­day with Kanoa Lloyd.

‘‘Kanoa, man, she’s my bro. She’s so awe­some, she’s so good at what she does. She’s all busi­ness and I’m party. I’m the party, I want to be the naughty one, I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to go off the script, she’s go­ing to pull me back in. I’m go­ing to be like the naughty lit­tle brother.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be so much fun ... I used to hate that kind of stuff. Red car­pets and all that, ugh, it’s not me. But now I’m skinny so I can wear any­thing so I’m like, take pho­tos, I’m ready to go. And I’m per­form­ing too, so I can’t wait.’’

In the mean­time, he doesn’t want to be de­fined by can­cer, he just wants to get on with life.

‘‘I don’t want to be like ‘I al­most died, guys’. ’Cause I did, and at times it was scary, but it’s so drain­ing talk­ing like that and hav­ing to re­live that mo­ment that you never want to re­live.

‘‘So I’m like yep, had can­cer, al­most died, my mum had can­cer, but we’re good. It’s not that I’m try­ing to avoid it, it’s just it’s al­ready done. What’s done is done. We’re liv­ing now.’’

‘‘I don’t want to be like ‘I al­most died, guys’. ’Cause I did, and at times it was scary, but it’s so drain­ing talk­ing like that and hav­ing to re­live that mo­ment that you never want to re­live.’’ Stan Walker

MONIQUE FORD/STUFF

November 11, 2018 Stan Walker says his voice is big­ger now than be­fore he had his stom­ach re­moved.

DOMINICO ZAPATA/STUFF

Stan Walker poses for pho­tos with fans at Zeal youth cen­tre, Hamil­ton.

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