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Tony Hadley says he's 'not remotely qualified' to be anything but pop star

The singer enjoyed fame with Spandau Ballet and then as a solo artist

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, UNITED KINGDOM - 2023/08/20: Tony Hadley performs on stage during the Rewind Festival South 2023, at Temple Island Meadows. (Photo by James Warren/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Tony Hadley said he isn't qualified to do anything else. (SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley has admitted he hopes he gets to be a music star forever as he is “not remotely qualified for anything else”.

The 63-year-old singer rose to fame with the new wave group in the 80s, with their hits including Gold, True and Only When You Leave. And since leaving the band he has gone on to enjoy success as a solo artist.

Appearing on This Morning, Hadley said that he considers himself to be “very very lucky” that he loves what he does and that he has been able to keep doing it for so long.

What, how and why?

“When you start off in this business it’s a dream,” he told the ITV show’s hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary. “You hope that you can carry on the dream and get paid for it as well. And that you are doing it for the rest of your life because, as I say to people, I am not remotely qualified for anything else, as my wife will testify!”

Tony Hadley on This Morning. (ITV screengrab)
Tony Hadley on This Morning. (ITV screengrab)

The singer went on: “I try and appreciate the whole fact that I am still doing it, I am still loving it, as much as possible.

"When you are 20 and you’ve signed your record deal and everything else, you are doing Top Of The Pops, it’s relentless.

“Times are busy now but when you are a young pop band it’s like, ding ding ding ding, you just don’t stop. And to be honest you don’t really stop to savour the moment.”

What else did Tony Hadley say?

Hadley – who is hitting the road for his Big Swing Tour this year - revealed that it was so hectic back in the day that there are times when he forgets bits and pieces.

Tony Hadley, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet perform at a gig for Heart Radio at Orchid in London
Tony Hadley on stage with of Spandau Ballet. (PA/Alamy)

The star said that people ask him about moments from the past and ask what he did and he tells them: “I haven’t got a clue, can you tell me what I did?" "I don’t know!” he added with a laugh.

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