The one les­son I’ve learned from life

NEVER GET A WED­DING TAT­TOO

Scottish Daily Mail - - Inspire - In­ter­view: ROSANNA GREENSTREE­T LAU­RENCE FOX, 41, is an ac­tor and singer-song­writer. He is best known for his role as D. S. Hath­away in crime drama se­ries Lewis and, more re­cently, he starred as Lord Palmer­ston in Vic­to­ria. He has two chil­dren with ac­tress

Writ­ing mu­sic is good ther­apy. At the be­gin­ning of 2016, i was do­ing a play, at which point Bil­lie [Piper] and i sep­a­rated. Dur­ing the play’s run, i called a heck­ler in the au­di­ence a very rude word — i was un­der some strain.

Af­ter­wards, i started to write mu­sic. it was al­most au­to­matic. i wrote my thoughts on a piece of pa­per and chord se­quences just dropped into my hands. the re­sult was Say good­bye — a song about the best way to end things.

i write mu­sic about what’s go­ing on in my head: it’s a di­ary. Writ­ing things down is a good way of ar­tic­u­lat­ing prob­lems.

the temp­ta­tion in any life-chang­ing sit­u­a­tion is to blame your­self. that’s what peo­ple do. What hap­pens when you write songs is that you are able to step a bit fur­ther away from it, to ex­press what you re­ally think. it is com­fort­ing — and cheaper than coun­selling.

it’s quite a shock when big things hap­pen. i lost a close friend a year ago. if any­thing, my friend dy­ing was worse [than my di­vorce] be­cause he is dead and, thank god, Bil­lie isn’t. He re­ally suf­fered and his life was very painful.

My al­bum is called A grief Ob­served, after the book by C.S. Lewis. One of his lines is: ‘Sor­row... turns out to be not a state but a process.’ it’s true. i feel a bit sad, in a way, about re­leas­ing the al­bum. But i think i dealt with [the break-up] quite well, and i have met some­one new.

i have also cov­ered up the tat­too on my arm that i had done on our hon­ey­moon in Mex­ico. Mine said ‘Mrs Fox 31-12-07’, [Bil­lie’s read ‘Mr Fox 31-12-07’ — the date of their wed­ding day], but we were young and stupid. My friend, May, a make-up artist, came up with the idea of cov­er­ing mine with a geo­met­ric fox, which i love. Look­ing at it now, you can still see 07 pok­ing out the bot­tom.

i am yet to be able to af­ford a Lear­jet from my mu­sic ca­reer, but my singing has helped me come through some­thing dif­fi­cult. i think if you are still alive and you’re happy, then you can’t look back on that dif­fi­cult ex­pe­ri­ence with any­thing other than fond­ness. A Grief Ob­served is out now.

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