Thursday 27 October 2016

Bryan Ferry: I split from younger wife because I didn't want a baby

Bryan Ferry and ex-wife Amanda Sheppard divorced because he did not want to have more children

Sarah Knapton

Published 22/11/2015 | 15:05

Bryan Ferry (L) and Amanda Sheppard
Bryan Ferry (L) and Amanda Sheppard

Bryan Ferry, the former Roxy Music frontman, has disclosed that he split from his younger wife because she wanted a baby and he believed he would soon by too old to work.

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Ferry married Amanda Sheppard in 2012 when she was 29, but the pair divorced last year after just 19 months of marriage.

Speaking for the first time about the reason for the split, Ferry, now 70, said that he did not want to become a father again. The singer already has four sons with model Lucy Helmore with whom he was married to for 21 years.

“We wanted different things,” he told the Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine. “She wanted a baby and I didn’t. First of all I thought I could, and then later I thought, it’s not the right thing to do.

“It was a terrible, terrible stressful time for both of us. I just thought it could have ended up really bad with me being too old to work.

“We so enjoyed each other other’s company. Sometimes people just get on with each other and we did, rather well. She’s a wonderful girl and I could never think anything bad about her. She’s full of life, positive and a great lightness of spirit which complemented my more grave side.

Brian Ferry and his wife Amanda Sheppard attend the 'GQ Man Of The Year 2010' party
Brian Ferry and his wife Amanda Sheppard attend the 'GQ Man Of The Year 2010' party

“It was a great combination and it’s sad that we had to go our different way. We wanted different things, that’s really the phrase.”

Ferry and Sheppard married in a private ceremony at the Amanyara beach resort on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Sheppard had previously dated Ferry’s son Isaac.

Ferry, who has just released a new solo album entitled Avonmore and completed a European tour, said he had not been dating since his marriage fell apart.

“I haven’t since, at all. I haven’t seen anyone since Amanda so it is now quite a long time,” he said.

When asked whether his new songs had been influenced by the split, he added: “It’s not a break-up album but in every song there’ll be bits of stuff.”

Ferry has dated a string of glamorous women, many of whom appeared as models on the covers of his albums. He began a relationship with Jerry Hall in 1975 after she posed for the cover of the Roxy Music album Siren.

The pair lived together in Los Angeles and London but Hall left Ferry for Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger in 1977. She has recently started dating Rupert Murdoch.

Speaking about Hall’s new relationship, Ferry added: “I just wish her well.”

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