I've Had Surgery To Look Good For My Fans, Admits Limahl
EIGHTIES pop idol Limahl's Kajagoogoo reunion at Retrofest will benefit from the wonders of cosmetic surgery.
The 49-year-old singer has already endured aseries of nips and tucks to help him look good for his appearance at Retrofest, his first with the band for 25 years.
Limahl, real name Christopher Hamill, claims he's typical of today's pop stars, male and female, who are resorting to Botox, eye lifts and chemical peels to keep their looks.
But he says most are too shy to talk about it.
He admitted: "I've had my eyes done twice. Ihave had the bags removed, upper and lower. When you get older, your lids get heavy and you look tired all the time. That was fantastic. It freshened up my eyes.
"I have had Botox a few times, but invasively the worst thing I've had done was when they took a bit of fat from my love handles and injected it in my face.
"I didn't like it. I think that was a waste of money. The aim is to fill out your face a bit and plump out the wrinkles, but it didn't work and it didn't last. It costs £3000 and only lasted about six months."
Limahl believes fans want him to look his best for Retrofest in Strathclyde Park on August 30 and 31.
"I was blessed with good looks and I have good genes," he said. "Perhaps I have expected to look in the mirror and be happy with what I see. I suppose that sounds terribly vain but I do feel a responsibility.
"You look at some older singers and wonder why they won't say one way or the other. But let's be honest, a lot of celebrities are having work done. Why be embarrassed?"
Limahl has, however, cancelled plans to have a chemical peel procedure this month because it interfered with his hectic schedule.
He said: "I was going to get a quite invasive procedure called a chemical peel and it would have been quite deep. It takes your skin off with acid. They numb you but it is the recovery time that is difficult and not picking the scabs, which is very important. I wanted it for many reasons, but I chickened out. It needed a three-week recovery but my diary was too busy.
"Part of my job is to be looked at and I do think we live in a world where you are judged on your looks. If you look at someone you previously liked and they look old and decrepit, I don't think it's that pleasant.
"You have to do your absolute best to look after yourself and present yourself in the best way.
"If that takes cosmetic surgery, I don't have any qualms about it at all.
"On a personal level, it is beneficial too because if you look better you feel better. It affects the way you feel every day.
"I don't think many people can honestly say they like getting older and looking in the mirror. Is it more cred to say: 'Take me as I am with all my wrinkles'?"
Kajagoogoo stormed charts around the world with Too Shy in 1983, but dumped Limahl the same year. Having settled their long-running feud just weeks ago, Limahl can't wait to play the Lanarkshire festival. He's even hinted his mullet could make a comeback. "I am between hairstyles at the moment," he laughed. "It's weird. I sort of went really anti-mullet for a while in the late Eighties. Then during the Nineties, my hair was dark, which is my natural colour.
"When the Eighties revival happened in 1997, I thought I can't go on stage as Limahl like this because they won't recognise me, so I put in some highlights and gradually I've added more and more.
"It was a short blond style but I have been growing it for the last six months and it is looking like a mullet. I must get it shaped. I'm not sure I should have a mullet because I would look like Peter Stringfellow, who has had the same hairstyle for 50 years.
"I think the mullet has had its day but I do see 20-year-olds with mullets who look great."
Long rumoured to be radio presenter Paul Gambaccini's live-in lover, Limahl has finally revealed the truth about their relationship.
"I don't share a flat with Paul anymore. I never slept with Paul Gambaccini," he giggled.
"Paul fancied me, bless him. He had just bought a house and I rented a room from him. I wasn't living for free. We were good friends. Yes, he's gay and I'm gay and people put two and two together and got five.
"Even people in the business thought we were at it. Paul and I were just good friends and have remained good friends." Limahl wants Kajagoogoo to get back in the studio with him to record a new album to prevent them being dubbed a nostalgia act.
Recalling his sacking from the group, he said: "We were a global brand at that point, top five in America, No.1 in the UK, Japan and all over Europe and Australia.
"They've always said the reason we split up was because they were a huge teeny band.
"They felt I was to blame for that, being this cute frontman. It was completely out of the blue. My diary was full of anything and everything to do with Kajagoogoo for the next 12 months.The day before they told me, we had played to 40,000 people in Finland.
"We came back on the Sunday night and on the Monday morning they phoned me to say they were in a meeting and were going to make the second album without me. I couldn't believe it. I felt so instrumental in the band. I was the singer and co-writer.
"I'd met Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran when I was a waiter at the Embassy club in Bond Street and he had taken the demo tape I gave him into EMI and got us signed.
"It was a friend of mine who invested £10,000 in new synthesisers and suddenly we went from sounding like a Seventies rock band to something like our contemporaries who were using the same equipment - Human League, Soft Cell and Depeche Mode.
"I felt betrayed by them at the time. But at this age you realise life is short and it's not a rehearsal and we should get on with it."
Quelle: DailyRecord, 21. Februar 2008