Live & Kicking Magazine

September 2001

"Five know each other so well, we thought we'd let them answer each other's quezzies. So, with tongues well in cheeks, Five swap places.

RICH AS SCOTT

SO, HOW D'YA RECKON MARRIAGE AND FATHERHOOD WILL CHANGE STUFF WITHIN FIVE?
(in a mockney accent!) Well, obviously it's gonna change my life innit? I'm havin' a kid and gettin' married so it's gonna affect my life quite a bit. But, y'know, I don't see any reason why it should change life in the band. I mean, obviously when the baby's born I'm gonna take time off so I can spend some time with my family. I dunno if I'll take the baby on tour with me though. I'll see what it's like when I get there.

YOU'VE BEEN OFF THE SCENE FOR A WHILE, SO WHICH BANDS DO YOU LIKE AND DISLIKE AT THE MO'?
Well, I love the Vengaboys, but I don't rate Atomic Kitten much.

ARE YOU A BIRROVA PIPE AND SLIPPERS KINDA GUY NOW YOU'RE MARRIED WITH A KIDDIE?
I do like to stay at home and chill out, so yeah, I s'pose in some ways I am. but I still go out with my mates down in Essex like, tho' I'm not a big club goer or anything like that.

WHO'S THE BIGGEST HAIR STYLE ICON - YOU OR DAVID BECKHAM?
Oh well, that's me of course!

ABS AS J

DO YOU THINK CELEB GIRLFRIENDS ARE BETTER THAN NON-CELEBS?
No, it's just that you bump into celebs all the place so you do get the odd one who catches your eye. if I bump into someone and it feel right then I just see what happens. I don't normally go after them - they come to me! but I do get non-celebs coming up to me too so I'm not like "oh, I've gotta go out with a celeb!" it's just whoever I like at the time.

ARE YOU MISQUOTED OR ARE YOU ALWAYS SLAGGING BOY BANDS?
I'm not misquoted, I just speak the truth. I say what a lot of people are scared to say and that's why people make such a big thing of it. I don't worry about bumping into the bands I've slated. I've seen a few of them 'cause they've literally been in the next dressing room to us, but they've decided to change rooms for some reason!

HAVE YOU OUTGROWN THE BOY BAND MOULD?
I'm getting there. I couldn't see myself doing this at 26 - that's pushing it. Kevin from the Backstreet Boys is quite old, isn't he? how old is he, about 27 or something? I couldn't do it for that long. I've already been doing this for four and a half years - it's been quite a while.

YOU GONNA GET ANYTHING ELSE PIERCED OR TATTOOED?
I'm not gonna get anything else pierced, but I might get another tattoo. maybe something down the rest of my arm or on my back. I'm not sure yet.

SCOTT AS RICH

IS IT TRUE THAT YOU'RE THE NICEST MEMBER OF THE BAND?
Yeah, I'd say I was the most chilled. the others say I'm a bit of a hippy, but I just like to keep the peace, y'know. when J and Scott are arguing, I just say, "Hey guys, chill out! Remember, keep harmony and peace around the world!"

DO YOU THINK YOU COULD EVER BECOME A TV PRESENTER?
Yeah, I mean I've done a bit and I really enjoyed it, but who's to say what I'll do after Five? I'd really like to be a rock star, but none of us really know what'll happen. I reckon I could be a presenter - I've got it in me. I'm not gonna blow my own trumpet, but I think I'm not bad.

SO RITCHIE, ARE YOU A BIT OF A STUD? THERE'S ALWAYS PICS IN THE PAPERS OF YOU WITH LAYDEEZ!
Well, at the end of the day, I'm not with anyone at the moment so I'm just enjoying myself. I do want to be in a relationship, but I'm having a laugh. I don't mean to upset anyone, I'm just having the time of my life!

YOU'RE NORMALLY SEEN WITH CELEBS - WOULD YOU EVER DATE A "NORMAL" GIRL?
Scott's dating a normal girl and has been since the beginning of the band. I don't know if I could be with a normal girl tho' 'cause I don't know whether she would understand the job as much as the people I've been out with do. but you never know, life's a rollercoaster and I'm just flowing with it like a hippy!

AND FINALLY, WHAT'S YOUR REAL TAKE ON THE BILLIE 'N' CHRIS SITCH (situation)?
It's got nothing to do with me. I'm happy for both of them and I want to give no further comment.

J AS ABS

DO YOU THINK YOUR CONSTANT JOKING AROUND GETS ON THE OTHERS' NERVES?
Yeah, it probably does! see, I have the mentality of a 14-year-old and it makes me do loadsa silly things. but I don't think I wind 'em up too much!

YOU DO A BIT OF DJ-ING, SO HOW GOOD DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
I don't think I'm as good as H from Steps yet - he's really good - but I'm hoping one day I might be able to get myself on Cack FM! I think that's the amount of skill I've got at this level!

ARE YOU GETTING BORED WITH THIS BOYBAND STUFF NOW?
No, not at all. I'm still enjoying it, you know, being with the lads, traveling around, making a bit of money - that's always nice.

WHAT'S YOUR WORST HABIT?
It's probably ignoring my mobile phone when people are trying to get through to me - which I do all the time!