My Secret Life: Shaggy, pop star, 42


My parents were... My mum is a rough-necked Jamaican, who would throw their shoe at you in two minutes and bust yo' ass. A very stern Jamaican mum. My father, I didn't know very much.

The house/flat I grew up in... I lived with my mum, but I was always at my grandmother's – she was a softer soul. She taught me to waltz on the veranda and my friends would laugh. But I guess she just wanted to dance.

When I was a child I wanted to... I always wanted to be a fireman. Then I saw King Yellowman perform and I got the music bug. Later I thought: I should have been Hugh Hefner. That would be the perfect job.

If I could change one thing about myself... I wish I wasn't this passionate about music. It's a drawback, because music changes, and sometimes not for the best and you're meant to roll with it even if it's garbage.

You wouldn't know it but I am very good at... art. I paint, I draw, I sketch. I could have gone to art school, but instead I went into the military.

You may not know it but I'm no good at... dancing. There is one move I have, and that's with my pelvis; I've had a lot of practice in that area.

I wish I had never worn... I went climbing the Blue Mountain Peaks and I wore some Timberland boots, thinking I was going for the whole camping thing, dressed to walk, this shit was going on. When I came back down, they were the worst. All the pressure was on your toes, and they're steel-toe capped. I got rid of those bitches after that.

What I see when I look in the mirror... Comedy. I think 'what a joke'.

It's not fashionable but I like... fried stuff. Anything fried tastes really good. In fact anything that's not good for you tastes really good.

My house is... in Jamaica, I have a very traditional home, colonial style, we're talking huge windows, wooden floors, and 11 bathrooms. My latest place is in Miami; it's smaller, there's less furniture, 'cause I kinda got into feng shui. Less is more.

My favourite building... Your Parliament building, it's pretty unique – such attention to detail. The Brits must have really had a lot of time on their hands to do that.

My secret crush is... There are a lot of females that I find very desirable. Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, Nicole Scherzinger – the list goes on and on. I love women, I love what they stand for, their beauty, and that they're passionate about things. Eva Longoria – wow. I thought: 'How shallow!' but then I saw her on the Piers Morgan Show and I realised how much she was doing for good causes. That made me like her. Beauty sometimes comes from within.

Movie heaven... is a shoot 'em up, especially if they're clever with the shooting.

A book that changed me... If you want to hide something from me, put it in a book.

My real-life villains... People who do things they're not passionate about. I'm involved in a lot of charities but at fundraisers you see people who aren't really making a difference – it's just a conversation piece for them. I call them the devil.

The last time I cried... Every time I look at my daughter. I have a six-year-old and I have never experienced love like this.

My life in six words... eventful, exciting, passionate, kind, loving, winning. Always win, darling!

A life in brief

Shaggy was born Orville Richard Burrell in Jamaica in 1968. After moving to New York at 18, he joined the Marines, before returning to Brooklyn where he secured a record deal. His 1993 single "Oh Carolina" was a dancehall-pop crossover hit, and was followed by 1995's chart-topper "Boombastic". In 2001 his album Hot Shot became one of the bestselling reggae albums ever, propelled by the singles "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel". Shaggy is playing at the One Love Peace Festival at Wembley Arena, 31 July. He lives in Jamaica and Miami

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?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

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

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Internal Recruiter - Manufacturing

£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Internal Recruiter (manufact...

Ashdown Group: HR Manager (CIPD) - Barking / East Ham - £50-55K

£50000 - £55000 per annum + 25 days holidays & benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Man...

Recruitment Genius: Operations / Project Manager

£40000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This software company specialis...

Ashdown Group: Human Resources Manager

£28000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: A successful organisation...

Day In a Page

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future