Bryan Adams: ‘My doc says men need sex 27 times a month, but who gets that?’

Born in Ontario, Canada, Bryan Adams, 63, joined his first band at 15. Reckless, his 1984 album, gave him the hits Run to You and Summer of ’69, and made him a global star. His 1991 song, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You won a Grammy and is one of the bestselling singles of all time. On 14 December Adams plays London’s O2 Arena, and his latest album is So Happy It Hurts. He lives in Vancouver and has two daughters with Alicia Grimaldi.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
People who make you wait around for them.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Walking with Eric Clapton’s tour manager Mick to meet Eric backstage, and when I met Eric I said, “Hi Mick.” I wanted to die.

What is your most treasured possession?
Letters from my grandfather. He always ended them with, “Keep smiling.”

Describe yourself in three words.
Not quite right.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Practically everything.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
Rock music.

What is your most unappealing habit?
Talking too fast.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Charlize Theron.

Would you choose fame or anonymity?
Anonymity every time.

What was the last lie that you told?
That I’d choose anonymity every time.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Oat milk lattes.

What does love feel like?
It can be as light as a feather or as heavy as a stone.

Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
Not yet!

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Yes, you can have a selfie.”

What has been your biggest disappointment?
How big music companies have treated their artists in the digital age.

When did you last cry, and why?
When I see videos of animal cruelty.

How often do you have sex?
My doc says men need sex 27 times a month for a healthy prostate, but who actually gets that?

What would you like to leave your children?
The ability to look at themselves and laugh.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
Skydiving: the parachute got tangled around my legs.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Paying my rent and being able to support my family from making music.

What keeps you awake at night?
The couple in the hotel room next to me.

Would you rather have more sex, money or fame?
Just a cup of tea would be fine.

How would you like to be remembered?
He came, he laughed, he left.

What happens when we die?
We become garden fertiliser.

Tell us a secret
Occasionally I like a Jammie Dodger.

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