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Liam McMullen

This is a story for the new K4 V2 Can you run up the stairs?

Yes. Since I cancelled my gym membership at the start of the pandemic, my partner Steve and I have kept fit by off-road cycling. I also use some weights and a bench.

Ever dieted?

I've always watched what I ate because I can't bear the thought of going on stage as this former heart-throb who has turned into a fat, bald bloke. I'm 9 st and 5 ft 7 in tall.

Get your five a day?

I probably get about three helpings of fruit and veg. I've been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. So I'm now on the low-FODMAPs diet, which means avoiding foods such as onions and garlic and certain fruit.

How has the pandemic affected you?

I didn't get Covid. I've been incredibly careful. My 82-year-old mum came to live with us as I didn't want her to be alone. All my gigs got cancelled so I threw myself into creativity. I'm planning my first album in 25 years.

Any vices?

Fruit machines. I played as a child and still play once or twice a week.

Any family ailments?

My mother, sister and I all have an underactive thyroid so we take a medication called levothyroxine.

Worst injury?

When I was about ten I fell out of a tree and dislocated my left arm in seven places.

Had anything removed?

Not yet, but I'm having a basal skin carcinoma [a type of cancer] removed from my forehead.

EVER haD plastic surgery?

FOR a musician as famous for his hair as his music I was worried I was going to end up with a comb-over so a couple of years ago I had a hair transplant which I was delighted with.

Cope well with pain?

I'm a total wimp.

Ever been depressed?

I had my heart broken a couple of times when I was very young, but otherwise no.

Hangover cure?

I started cutting back on alcohol at about 45 when I noticed that the hangovers were taking so long to get over, so I don't need a cure now.

What keeps you awake at night?

Getting up to go to the loo.

Any phobias?

I'm claustrophobic, so I avoid lifts and the London Underground.

Like to live for ever?

It does seem a bit of a waste to gather all this knowledge then leave so soon.

* Limahl's single One Wish For Christmas is out now. Follow him on Instagram @limahl_official.

Singer Limahl, 62, takes our health qu

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