[Q&A] Sunday Express (UK) - 26 January



By Rachel Corcoran
Sunday Express

SHERYL Crow opens up about the bravest thing she's ever done, her desire to have a straighter nose and the best days of her life…

The singer, 51, lives in Nashville with her adopted sons, Wyatt, six and Levi, three.

Not a lot of people know this but I’m very good at…
wolf-whistling. I’m an excellent trampolinist, too, and also a good shot – I can hit a tin can from 70 yards.

My best friend is… my manager. His name’s Scooter and he’s been with me for 20 years. We’ve been through each other’s break-ups, divorces, kids and all of that. I admire him a lot.  

My nickname is… when I was a kid it used to be Bird Legs, as I had skinny pins. I don’t think I have a nickname now. 

The bravest thing I’ve ever done is… go on Larry King Live and talk about having breast cancer. It was a hard thing to do but also a game-changer – I think people saw me in a different light after that, and also it made them realise that it can happen to anyone. 

My perfect evening is…
last night was pretty good – it was a mums’ night out where we went for dinner and then on to see a girlfriend play at a club. 

My favourite TV show is… Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Some of the comic stuff he does is just beyond brilliant. I’m not watching Downton Abbey ever again, though – I’m mad after they killed off Matthew. It was very cruel. 

I’d like to say sorry to… there is nobody who I have to say sorry to. If I need to apologise, I usually say it right there and then. 

My first kiss was with… Joe Elton Stillman in sixth grade, so I was 11 years old. We were playing spin the bottle.

The one thing I’d change about myself is…
 I’d like to be two inches taller – I’m 5ft 4ins. I’d also straighten my nose and have bigger boobs.

The last time I cried was… eight days ago, when I got hit in the eye by a tennis ball. I’m still having eye problems but my six year old has an incredible forehand. 

The first record I ever bought was… Chicago when I was nine or 10 years old. 

It’s not good for my image but I like… Lay’s potato chips and Diet Coke. 

My greatest weakness is… eBay. I’ve bought lots on there. 

The most expensive thing I’ve ever splashed out on is… some recording equipment called a Neve console. I bought it years ago when I was doing my second album. That cost a fortune.

I drive… a hybrid and a minivan.

I’m currently reading… Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. He’s a comic writer and it’s all about parenthood – it’s hysterical. I’m also reading an excellent biography of Nelson Mandela.

My perfect Sunday is…  not having any chores to do. I’ll get out, drink coffee, play with my sons, go swimming, have a picnic, ride horses, order takeaway, then crawl into bed with my kids and watch a movie.

My favourite place in Britain is… the Covent Garden Hotel. I have such great memories of that place.

My last holiday was…
 last week – I took five days off to go waterskiing with my kids, my brother and his family. We went to Lake Watauga in Tennessee. My three year old was riding along, going, “Faster, faster!” 

The best day of my life was… I have two. The first was the day I brought my elder son home. The second was picking up his brother. 

If I had half an hour left on Earth… 
I’d take my boys somewhere beautiful to sit and relax. 

Sheryl’s new album Feels Like Home is out tomorrow. 


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