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    Posted: 09 May 2010 at 15:04

Adam Ant stands and delivers again: Back after 30 years... the slightly less dandy highwayman


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Last updated at 10:00 PM on 8th May 2010


It has been a generation since his last Top Ten hit, during which he has endured a well-publicised series of personal problems.

But Adam Ant is dusting down his outlandish outfits – and preparing to make a spectacular pop comeback.

The self-proclaimed Dandy Highwayman, who was rarely out of the charts in the early Eighties with hits such as Stand And Deliver, is set to announce a new album and tour.

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Ridicule is nothing to be scared of: Adam Ant in his 80s heyday, and out in London last month

It will mark a major turnaround in his life.

Since slipping out of the Top Ten, Adam – real name Stuart Goddard – has fought depression.

In 2002, he threatened drinkers at a North London pub with an imitation pistol, but escaped a jail term on the grounds of mental illness.

Now he says he has learned to live with his condition, and will hit the road again for the sake of his 12-year-old daughter Lily, his only child and his ‘reason for living’.

‘She has never seen Adam perform and doesn’t know what The Ants were all about,’ says Goddard, 55.

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Adam Ant performing on stage at the height of his fame

‘I’ve had this lifelong battle against manic depression, but I’ve had to overcome it for her sake. Times got bad. I lost my mind. But I’m back.’

He says his problems began when he got married – ‘too young’ – at 21. ‘I tried to commit suicide with an overdose,’ he admits.

‘After I broke up the band, I went to America to try to make it there, and a crazy woman started stalking me. That sent me over the edge again, and I did time in a Miami psychiatric clinic.’

In 1997, Goddard married again, and settled in Tennessee. But the couple split soon after Lily was born in 1998.

In 2001 he was dropped by his record company, and was hospitalised after another breakdown.

‘I didn’t know where I’d get the money to enjoy time with the baby,’ he says. ‘I literally worried myself sick.’

That same year, he weaned himself off antidepressants but began drinking again after 20 years.

Now he looks slim and healthy, unlike the bloated figure who was given a 12-month community rehabilitation order for the pub incident.

‘I’m back to the gym, eating right. I’ve never felt better,’ he said. ‘I won’t ever let myself get depressed again, because I’ve got to be around to bring Lily up.

'It is no exaggeration to say she has saved my life. I want to show her what her dad the musician is all about.’

His cumbersomely titled new album Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marry The Gunner’s Daughter, is said to include a track with Georgina Baillie, the 25-year-old ‘Satanic Slut’ who found infamy when Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross made obscene phone calls to her grandfather, Andrew Sachs.

Goddard said he refused a ‘staggering’ sum to perform at London’s O2 Arena, as he wanted to ‘take time to get things right’.

After all, fame has proved a double-edged sword.

‘It was hard to come to terms with the fact that I’d once been famous, then people didn’t want to know,’ he says.

‘It’s not nice when people ask you, “Didn’t you used to be Adam Ant?”’



Edited by Bren - 09 May 2010 at 15:04
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  Quote deborah31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2010 at 15:35
I hope he does well, but can't see it being much of a comeback. Maybe it's been too long?
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  Quote James Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2010 at 17:38
He is going to F-L-O-P. When was he around, nearly thirty years ago? Pffft. He's not relevant and hasn't been for the last two decades.
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  Quote Thess Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2010 at 01:38
Oh that first pic brought back memories ... !
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2010 at 11:40
Poor the Ant, he's been carted off to a loony bin, no, I can't say that, it's not PC is it? I mean, he's now residing at an establishment for the stressed

Shame though
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  Quote Laura Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2010 at 13:46
again? oh dear.

my friend LOVES him, she'd love to see him live, even past his prime.
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  Quote rocknick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Nov 2010 at 19:36
Thanks for this information............
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