“I thought about that the other day, about how many of my contemporaries are gone and I’m still here,” she says. Ten years ago I was at a 80s-themed birthday party to sing a song for the Sultan of Brunei’s son.
Afterwards the promoter asked if I wanted to meet the queen of Brunei.
There are certain things I don’t talk about, but it’s not a big deal to me to talk about my problems with abuse.
“The theme of my autobiography, Lips Unsealed, was that you can teach an old dog new tricks. I was talking to one of The Go-Go’s about how a lot of those celebrity deaths are probably related to their drug abuse from years ago.
A bottle of healthy-looking green liquid and a bright yellow banana lie on the table at which Belinda Carlisle sits in a London hotel bar.
Back in the late 70s and early 80s, she was a familiar face in America as lead singer with all-girl punk band The Go-Go’s.
She amplified the darkly deep lyrics to the youth at the time with pure grit.
"Bella Traición" beautifully translated Belinda's despair into a rush of dreamy pop.
It was like I was in Madame Tussauds or something.”Belinda cites yoga, chanting and meditation for helping her overcome her problems.
“I have a tendency to be highly strung and I think yoga and chanting mellowed me out a lot.
Her world today is a far cry from the one she inhabited at the height of her fame.“I was always working, which was exciting, and I was trying to be present but it was tough to do at that kind of pace,” she says.