My Secret Life: Gary Numan, musician, 53


My parents were... very supportive, they helped me every step of the way getting into the music business. My dad managed me until about a year and a half ago.

The household I grew up in... was very happy; both me and my brother were made to feel like the most important things in the world. It felt very safe.

When I was a child I wanted to... be a pilot, and a pop star. So I did all right.

If I could change one thing about myself... I'd be taller. I'm five foot eight and a quarter – the quarter being particularly important – but I'd like to be six foot.

You wouldn't know it but I am very good at... making candles – it's a weekend passion of mine. A long time ago my wife got me a candle-making kit and I really enjoyed it.

You may not know it but I'm no good at... conversation. I've got Asperger's, so I find it difficult to chit chat. I've got about three or four sentences and then I'm in trouble.

At night I dream of... I actually don't dream at all. I'm not sure whether that's a problem.

I wish I had never worn... I could go for the rest of the day on this one! The most hideous was jumpers tucked into the top of my jeans. Oh, and I wore braces on the outside. Jesus Christ, that's disgusting.

What I see when I look in the mirror... Time, unfortunately. I look in the mirror very rarely.

My favourite item of clothing... I've got some army surplus boots with a zip and they're just the coolest things in the world.

I drive/ride... a Jeepster Commando, because I need a seven-seater for the kids, a Dirt Buggy and a Yamaha motorbike.

My house is... a florescent can't-miss-it pink. It really annoyed the neighbours.

My favourite work of art... A statue of St Bartholomew in Milan Cathedral. He has no skin, he's holding it over his arm – it's amazing, I've never seen anything like it.

My favourite building... Warwick Castle. I love castles.

A book that changed me... Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. I used to read a lot of Philip K Dick, and that one really stood out.

Movie heaven... It would have been Blade Runner, but now it'd be getting the extended versions of The Lord of the Ring films and watching them all non-stop.

My greatest regret... It's corny, but it's that I met my wife Gemma quite late in life. I wish I had met her 20 years before: my life would have been 20 years happier.

My secret crush... I swear to God, I don't have one. One of the things that made me realise my wife was the right person, was that that stuff all went away.

My five year plan... is to drastically increase my work level and put out far more albums.

What's the point? To give as much to those you love as you possibly can. It's the only thing that matters. It's quite a selfish view – I'm not going for world peace.

My life in six words... unusual, exciting, difficult, stressful, rewarding, ongoing.

A life in brief

Gary Numan was born in 1958. He is widely considered the grandaddy of electronic pop music in the UK and his most famous songs, 'Cars' and 'Are Friends Electric' – released while he was in the band Tubeway Army with his uncle – topped the charts in 1979. He subsequently went on to make 17 solo albums and next month, his latest record, Dead Son Rising, will be released. He lives in Sussex with his wife and three children

Suggested Topics
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...

Surrey County Council: Senior Project Officer (Fixed Term to Feb 2019)

£26,498 - £31,556: Surrey County Council: We are looking for an outgoing, conf...

Recruitment Genius: Interim Head of HR

£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...

Recruitment Genius: Human Resources and Payroll Administrator

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower