Shaun Ryder, a celebrity gogglebox star, talks about how he makes sure his kids aren’t spoiled.
Shaun Ryder, the Happy Mondays musician and Celebrity Gogglebox star, was a working-class lad who rose above his poor beginnings to achieve stardom before succumbing to drugs.
Shaun and his band of outlaws, which included maracas-playing right-hand man Bez, stood in stark contrast to the clean-cut stars of the 1990s, such as Jason Donovan and Bros. Ryder now has a different difficulty after quitting narcotics over two decades ago: ensuring his children aren’t pampered. Shaun is raising two girls with wife Joanne in comfort, influenced by Paul McCartney’s parental skills, after growing up in a difficult Manchester neighborhood with his Happy Mondays bandmates.
Shaun denies he’s moved into the middle class, insisting, “I’m still the same man.” I’ll be 120 years old and still be the same. My children, on the other hand, are middle-class. They live in a world that is not the same as mine. In some ways, this is beneficial, but it may also be detrimental. I see other parents with their children around us and say to myself, “Don’t give them that!” Why are you giving it to them?’
“We do our best to keep them as grounded as possible. Paul McCartney’s children were the best of the bunch, and he paid all of them 50p a year. There’s a lesson to be learned there.”
Pearl, 13, and Lulu, 12, are Shaun’s daughters who help him keep grounded. Meanwhile, Joanne accepted to date the lyricist and singer only after he stopped using drugs at the age of 40 in 2002.
“We tried going out before, but Joanne binned me off,” Shaun says of the couple’s mutual friends. ‘I’m not going to put up with your nonsense,’ she declared.
Joanne wheeled me in when I gathered my thoughts. I experienced a number of relapses before getting back on track in 2006. My life has been rather stable since then. It was time for me to mature and come to my senses.”
It’s a far cry from the infamously tumultuous peak of Happy Mondays.
With fellow Manchester rockers The Stone Roses, they launched the popular “Madchester” subculture in the late 1980s.
Bez’s saucer-eyed dancing complemented colorful singles like Step On, Kinky Afro, and Hallelujah. However, their drug use intensified until they disbanded in 1992, following the release of the sloppy last album Yes Please! – one review. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”