Kim Wilde: “Music is the only thing I believe in”

Every day, a personality comes into the world of Elodie Suigo, and confides.Today, Kim Wilde, the British star singer of the 1980s, has sold more than 32 million records worldwide. She comes back with a new album called “Here comes the Alien”.

“I immediately felt that music was my destiny, touring, going to the studio, recording albums. That’s what I wanted to do,” says Kim Wilde. The British singer returned in 2018 with her fourteenth album after selling more than 32 million records worldwide. Here comes the Alien, a strange title: “I saw something in the sky and I was convinced it was aliens. I had to call this album that.”

“Kids in America opened the doors of the world to me. It was a planetary hit.”
~Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde’s career begins when she is only 21. For many, it could be young but not for the singer. ” My father bought a lot of records, we listened to the radio a lot. It was the sixties. It had a big impact on my life and I knew very early on that this is what I wanted to do,” explains the artist. Kim Wilde followed her father Marty through all of her musical experiences while her mother taught her on tour.

The singer records her first album. First single: Kids in America. And first hit. ” This title is a gift from my father and brother. Kids in America opened the doors of the world to me. It was a global hit. I’m really in love with that title.”

From then on, success followed with Cambodia, a worldwide hit: “It sold over a million copies. I am always amazed at the link that people have with this title. It has become a must-see in concert,” the singer said.

Music fills Kim Wilde’s life, it is essential to him: “I have always thought a lot about music: it is my whole life. And somewhere, it’s also my religion because I’m not a believer and music filled that void, that place. I’m not turning to politics so finally music is the only thing I believe in,” the artist says.

A career with exceptional longevity

In the late 1990s, the singer took a break. Did she want to stop? ” In fact, I really stopped when I got married. I started my family, I had two children. I’ve really moved away from the music industry,’ the artist explains. However, his participation in a tour with artists from the 1980s really made him want to plunge back into the musical bath: “In fact, the eighties have never been more popular than now. It really made me want to go back and do something new. That’s what we did with our new album.”

While Kim Wilde has been singing for thirty-eight years, she is also very involved in horticulture. She is part of the Guinness record book for successfully transplanting the biggest tree. ” I have a real passion for gardening, horticulture. I’m always in my garden planting, reorganizing it. It’s like the yin and yang of my life,” the singer says.

“I am very happy: I am lucky enough to be healthy, I do what I love: I sing, I do gardening, I have my children”, she confides. And above all, she has been married for twenty-two years to the actor Hal Fowler: “I don’t know if there are people married that long. It’s a bit of a roller coaster, you have to hang on, you have to be surrounded. It’s a challenge, but life is good”, concludes Kim Wilde with a smile.