My Secret Life: Kid Rock, Musician, age 37

The home I grew up in... was a beautiful, very middle-class American colonial house. It was set over six acres of land and there was an apple orchard out the back. My dad got me selling the apples to our neighbours at an early age.

When I was a child I wanted to be... a performer, ever since I can remember. My spirit has always been in rock'n'roll; and, yes, it is everything I thought it would be.

The moment that changed me for ever... I was riding a tractor when I was young – about five years old – and my brother fell off. His injuries resulted in him losing one of his legs. I think everyone has a definitive moment at some point, when you decide you must live every moment to its fullest.

My greatest inspiration... My son, in every way. He inspires me to get up in the morning, and in some regards he has made me more careful. Children can balance you out sometimes, which is something I was seriously in need of.

My real-life villain... Oprah Winfrey, she rubs me up the wrong way. I just don't believe her. Maybe it's because I'm not one of the 150 million brainwashed women who heed her every word.

My style icon... John Lee Hooker.

If I could change one thing about myself... I'd change the bimbo attractor chip that God must have placed in me at birth.

At night I dream of... In my last dream, my friend [the American hip-hop legend] DMC taught me how to clean my tennis shoes. He explained that he could teach me things about life that I need to know.

What I see when I look in the mirror... My father. And my mother (without the boobs).

My favourite item of clothing... My hat collection would definitely be up there, but to be practical, I might take my belt buckle over the hat.

I wish I'd never worn... a whole lot of things. I know exactly why I did wear them – I was drunk and not thinking properly.

It's not fashionable but I like... free hotel strippers (I mean slippers).

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at... giving good advice.

You may not know it but I'm no good at... taking good advice.

All my money goes on... slow cars and fast women, which might be why I still have all my money in the bank.

If I have time to myself... I'm not very good at being alone. Maybe I'll sit around listening to music, with a cigar – but really I just enjoy being with people.

I drive/ride... pretty much everything with an engine. I collect cars and bikes. One of my most special rides is a black 1930s Cadillac V16, and then I've got a few West Coast choppers. These are up there with my favourites.

My house is... a colonial-style, southern American farmhouse, set over 50 acres. It has big wrap around porches at the front and a barnyard out back for horses. I wanted to keep it very classic.

My most valuable possession is... I'm not a greedy man, there really is nothing I couldn't live without. But if there was a fire, and I saved my child and my pets, I'd be happy.

My favourite building... The Motown Museum in Detroit.

Movie heaven... would probably be a comedy, watched in a theatre with some character, not one in a strip mall. But the most important thing is who you're with; whatever you're doing in life, it's not where you're at, but the company you keep.

A book that changed me... I don't read books. I like to read newspapers and magazines, but I've never learnt to enjoy books or novels.

My favourite work of art... I like the early graffiti writers, the work of the New York cats from the Seventies and Eighties, which I remember from being a kid.

The last album I bought/downloaded... I downloaded Southern Rock's Whiskey Falls to my iPod, and I'm also a DJ, so I collect vinyl. There's this big jazz shop in Chicago where I bought a John Lee Hooker record just the other day.

The person who really makes me laugh... Chris Rock is a good friend of mine, and he is hysterical. Then there's [the comedian] Dave Chappelle and [the actor and comedian] David Spade; he's king smart ass, he has a retort for everything.

The shop I can't walk past... Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee.

The best invention ever... Electricity, or condoms. It's a toss up.

In 10 years' time, I hope to be... alive. I haven't even decided what I'm going to have for tonight's dinner yet.

My greatest regret... She knows who she is.

My life in seven words... Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful, Grumpy.

A life in brief

A singer, songwriter and musician, Kid Rock was born Robert James Richie in Detroit, Michigan, on 17 January 1971. He plays several instruments, including the banjo, harmonica and drums, and has sold more than 23 million albums, as well as having an occasional acting career, appearing in CSI: NY and The Simpsons. He hit the headlines in 2001 when it emerged he had been dating Pamela Anderson, whom he later married in 2006, and divorced five months later. The acrimonious split supposedly charged the lyrics in his latest album, the number one hit Rock N Roll Jesus. The first single, "All Summer Long", is out now on Atlantic Records. He lives with his 15-year-old son in Charleston, Michigan

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
  • Get to the point
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

Ashdown Group: HR Manager Shared Services - Uxbridge, - 1 Year contract

£50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager Shared Services - Uxbridge, Stock...

Recruitment Genius: Graduate Human Resource Officer and Executive Assistant

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join one of...

Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events business) - Central Manchester - £20K

£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events busi...

Recruitment Genius: Project Engineer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This privately-owned company designs and manuf...

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence