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She became a music icon after releasing the hit song Kids In America in 1981, which reached number 2 in the UK and sold over three million records worldwide.
But more than four decades after she rose to fame and dominated the charts, Kim Wilde admitted it was a “beautiful surprise” that fans still love her music and are willing to buy tickets to see her on stage.
In a candid new interview, the 61-year-old singer said how “I really didn’t believe there would still be an audience for me due to the fact that she is now a married mother of two, as opposed to a single twenty-something in her prime.”
I still get it: More than four decades after rising to fame and dominating the charts, Kim Wilde has admitted it’s a ‘beautiful surprise’ that fans still love her music
As she prepares to embark on a new national tour, the pop star reflected on her long career and shared her joy that her fans continue to support her, noting that many of them have “grown up” with her.
She said The mirror: “I really didn’t believe there would still be an audience for me as a married mother of two. I thought the whole romance of Kim Wilde was about being single and 21. This is a different Kim Wilde than the one she portrays to them. But the audience loves it, which is a beautiful surprise.
The star went on to say that her followers have embraced her age and that she feels relaxed and happy enough to be completely herself on stage.
Chart topper: She became a music icon after releasing the hit song Kids In America in 1981, which reached number 2 in the UK and sold over three million records worldwide (9 pictured in 1985)
She explained: “I think my audience has grown up with me, so it feels like we’re all in this together, there’s a joy in that. I love singing my hits, I love the way it brings so much happiness to my audience and I love how generous they are to me. They know I’m 61 – nobody pretends anything; they give me warts and everything.
However, while Kim loves being in the spotlight and singing her biggest hits including You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Cambodia and Checkered Love, things haven’t always been so rosy, with the star fading from the limelight on the height of her fame.
The star stepped back from the music industry to live a secluded life with her actor husband Hal Fowler, 54, and their two children, Harry, now 23, and Rose, now 21, with Kim blaming her iconic song Kids In America.
She explained how she had to “step away” from the song after becoming “defined by it after singing it constantly for 16 years”.
Candid: The singer, 61, said how “I really didn’t believe there would still be an audience for me due to the fact that she is now a married mother of two, as opposed to herself in her twenties
She explained: “I was sick of singing it, which is one of the reasons I quit. I fell out of love with him. I was defined by that song from the age of 20 to 36, and there was a part of it that was quite limited, so I had to stop.
The blonde bombshell went on to say that she needed time as the “turbulence” of being a pop star became “exhausting” and that after deciding to start a family with Hal, it seemed like a “really good time” to put her music career on hold.
After the pair married within six months of meeting, Kim told how she enjoyed her newfound anonymity after changing her surname to his, adding: “it’s been great.”
Artist: “I love singing my hits, I love the way it brings so much happiness to my audience and I love how generous they are to me. They know I’m 61 – nobody pretends anything; they make me warts and all 9 pictured in 2020)
After embarking on another career of gardening, Kim told how she was “tempted” back into her old music life by the 80s revival circuit and felt she had finally “come full circle” after re- has fallen in love with her songs.
Kim’s international anthem Kids In America was written by her brother Ricky and her father, original British rock ‘n’ roll Marty Wilde, and at one stage was selling 60,000 copies a day.
She had seven more UK Top 10 singles but never had a number one, but her cover of the Motown classic You Keep Me Hangin’ On topped the US Billboard charts in 1986.
Break: Kim went on to say she needed time out as the ‘turbulence’ of being a pop star became ‘exhausting’ and that after deciding to start a family with Hal it seemed like a ‘really good time’ to put her music career on hold (pictured with Hal and Rose in 2000)
Last year she spoke of missing out in the UK, but achieving the triumph in the US, she said: “Although having No.1 in America almost makes up for it.”
She sold more than 30 million records and won hearts thanks to her stunning looks – something she was very proud of.
She said: “I feel very grateful to have my mum’s gorgeous nose and my dad’s great mouth”, but revealed she was bullied for her “Mick Jagger lips”.
On her figure, she continued: “I had long legs and they worked well with jeans. I knew how to wear a pair of jeans, that’s for sure.
Back: After embarking on another gardening career, Kim told how she was ‘tempted’ back into her old music life by the 80s revival circuit and felt she had finally ‘come full circle’