Matthew Stadlen The edict has gone out: Later, I try obliquely to elicit confirmation of the rumour he was romantically involved with Diana, Princess of Wales. Did he find the speculation difficult to deal with? What we think we know is that he and Alicia Grimaldi, a trustee and co-founder of his charitable foundation, have two daughters, four and two, together.
Adams, who is 55 now, is diminutive in stature 5ft 8in apparently , with slicked back blonde-brown hair and distinctive glasses. Prince of Thieves, he has never even properly met the man himself.
Ten shows, no days off if he can help it and then back home to London. It keeps things fresh. In the eighties and nineties, at the height of his fame, he could sometimes be away for a year at a time, with something of a groundhog day feeling resulting. I played "Running Scared" the other night in Poland, chance has it that someone taped it. He seems to live an unusually clean life. Does he wish they did? His father, who had served in both the British and Canadian armies, worked as a diplomat for the Canadian Foreign Service after a stint as a UN peace-keeping observer, but his parents split up when he was Before he left school at 15, Adams had found himself a job cleaning dishes by night because times were tough.
But looking back, he describes his as a privileged childhood for affording him experiences of different cultures and languages. Rex At first Adams was set on becoming a drummer or guitarist, but it soon became obvious he could sing.
Every band he auditioned for in his mid teens took him on and he began to win work as a studio musician. His big break arrived when he was 17 in the form of songwriter Jim Vallance, who became his long-time collaborator Vallance co-wrote his latest album, among others.
Once on stage, he has always been determined to make fans feel part of the show. His range of photographic subjects is extensive, from veteran amputees to Sir Mick Jagger and other celebrities, and even the Queen. He made the move permanent in the early 90s and now lives in Chelsea. With 13 albums to his name, retirement is nonetheless off the agenda. A coconut ice-cream-loving, multi-million-record-selling, record-breaking, privacy-seeking, hippy rockstar photographer, then.
Bryan Adams's new album Get Up!