HAPPY Mondays percussionist and dancer Bez, 57, is competing in BBC1’s Celebrity MasterChef.
He reveals his fears, all-time favourite movie and earliest memory.
What scares you?
You always worry for your kids’ wellbeing. I’ve got three boys: Arlo, 30, Jack, 28, and Leo, 13, and a nine-year-old grandson, Luca.
What’s your favourite word?
What’s your worst habit?
I have dentures and sometimes forget to put them in sterilising fluid.
Who or what is the love of your life?
My children and my partner Firouzeh [Razavi, 38, a PT and singer]. We’ve been together for eight years and have a very loving relationship.
Who would you invite to a dinner party?
Boris Johnson. I’d ask some difficult questions and see if he’d answer. Getting the truth out of any politician is hard.
What’s your all-time favourite movie?
The Jungle Book, as it’s the first film I went to watch at the pictures. It’s magical – and the songs… Wow!
What was your fave TV show growing up?
Monkey [the Japanese series]. I’d do all the martial-arts moves.
What’s your earliest memory?
During the World Cup Final in 1966, when I was two, I locked myself in the bathroom at my nana’s and had to stay there until half-time for somebody to release me. It was quite traumatic.
Who was your first kiss?
Diane – in the first year at secondary school. I was 11 and I’ll never forget her soft lips.
Have you ever said “I love you” and not meant it?
I wouldn’t waste those words on anyone I didn’t love.
What’s your biggest regret?
I don’t suffer with regrets. Everything is knowledge gained.
What’s the worst pain you’ve experienced?
Having a poo with a broken pelvis. I broke it in a motorcycle accident in 1999, along with all my ribs, and chipped bones in my spine.
I was in a coma for a month, but caught a superbug and had to wait for my organs to recover before they’d put me back together.
How do you relax?
Lying on the settee having a cuddle.
Tea or coffee?
I love both equally, but I mostly drink water. I’ve realised water is the secret of youth.
How often do you have sex?
I don’t count, but my girlfriend is 19 years younger than me, so I have a fulfilling sex life!
Who is your celebrity crush?
When I was 18, I skipped work to see Sophia Loren doing a PA at a Boots in Manchester.
What can’t you leave the house without?
What are your best and worst qualities?
I can be a bit lazy, but I throw a good party.
What’s your greatest achievement?
Becoming a Happy Monday – it changed my life forever.
Most famous person on your phone?
[My bandmate] Shaun Ryder.
What would you like your epitaph to be?
That I carried a smile on my face in the most difficult of situations.
What song should play at your funeral?
Cosmic Dancer by T. Rex. Marc Bolan danced till his death… that seems appropriate.
- Celebrity MasterChef starts tomorrow, 9pm, BBC1.
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