Age Doesn’t Wither You, But Attitudes DoOctober 1, 2009
Andrew Ridgeley made news this week, because he committed the heinous crime of…ageing. Balding, grey haired and just a little wrinkled; his body is doing exactly what it’s supposed to and yet in this world of youth and shininess, he’s not allowed to do this. Little wonder that all levels of cosmetic procedures from Botox and hair plugs to whole body lifts are being pursued at such high levels.
Isn’t it a bitch being in the public eye? If Monsieur Ridgeley were a Joe soap rather than the ridiculously good-looking half of WHAM! One of the biggest groups of the 80s, his worst humiliation would’ve been a comparison of grey hairs and beer guts at a school reunion. Since he left that crazy business called show over 20 years ago he’s been holed up in Cornwall with his long-term partner, Keren Woodward from Bananarama. He’s also been surfing, golfing and involving himself in Eco issues and we mustn’t forget that he’s making a tidy sum every year from being the co-writer of Careless Whisper, which kicked off the solo career of one George Michael. That all these ingredients for what I think is a happy and valuable creative life can be boiled down by gossip columns to how bald and grey he is in comparison to the dark, lustrous hair of yesteryear, is spiteful and can only come from people whose lives are smaller than walnuts.
He’s getting older and he’s probably doing better than you. Get over it.