Astley Opens Up About Fear Of Flying
Eighties pop star RICK ASTLEY was forced into an early retirement at 27 - because his crippling fear of flying meant he could no longer tour the world.
The British singer, best known for his 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up, hung up his microphone and disappeared from the music industry in 1993 - a year after the birth of his daughter Emilie - because he was too terrified to leave her behind for promotional trips.
But he insists he has no regrets about giving up his career for family life.
Speaking on Britain's Live From Studio Five, he says, "I haven't regretted (retirement) once. I was really lucky that I had a career in lots of different countries but it meant I had to go to those countries, which was fantastic for the first few years.
"But, once you're a dad and you've got things going on in your life that mean a bit more to you, you don't necessarily want to get on another plane... Because of that, I developed a fear of flying. I have this pet theory that the flying stopped me from doing what I was doing, rather than the other way around.
"I couldn't promote records in America, or wherever, because I didn't want to get on a plane to do it. I do fly now - I don't particularly like it - but I do fly. I'm not saying I was heading for a nervous breakdown or cracking up but I think the signs were there to say, 'You know what? Maybe you need to put the brakes on and do something else.'"