Page 3 Profile: Cliff Richard, musician


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The Independent Online

What’s the perennial pop star been up to now?

Sir Cliff has publicly addressed speculation surrounding his sexuality by asking: “If I was gay would it make any difference?”

And would it? Do we really care in this day and age?

Perhaps not, but the 73-year-old Peter Pan of Pop, who has sold an estimated 250 million records worldwide, admitted that the speculation about his sexual orientation had been painful when he was younger.

Times have changed since then.

It was a different world when he had his first hit in 1958. Sir Cliff continued: “I have got gay friends. Most people have gay friends. Would you not come to my concerts because I was gay? I hope not.” Sir Cliff made his candid remarks in an interview for the Australian TV programme A Current Affair.

Any other revelations?

Hold on to your hats, folks. The veteran crooner also revealed that he has never trashed a hotel room or chucked a TV out the window.

What? How does he occupy  himself on tour then?

A spot of cleaning, apparently. “My band always used to say, ‘Cliff never trashes a hotel room. When he goes in, he usually cleans up, Hoovers, checks the curtains are straight’.