Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What's the Point in Living Your Life If You're Not Ambitious? Vernon Kay Has Just Turned 40. Here, He Talks about His Long Career, THAT Birthday and Why He Doesn't Fancy Stripping off for Splash!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What's the Point in Living Your Life If You're Not Ambitious? Vernon Kay Has Just Turned 40. Here, He Talks about His Long Career, THAT Birthday and Why He Doesn't Fancy Stripping off for Splash!

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How do you feel about turning 40? IT'S a cliche, but age is just a number. I still feel 19 to be honest with you.

I'm on an American football team where the average age is 23 and I'm competing for a starting spot. I just think that life's there to be lived, not to be thinking, "oh, blooming heck, I'm 40! I think I'm going to stop doing stuff". Whenever I tweet about dance music, I get replies from people saying, "aren't you too old for that?".

Vernon with his wife Tess Daly But why should you stop listening to a certain type of music at a certain age? What should I be listening to? Val Doonican? You have a list of things you wanted to achieve by the time you were 40. Have you completed it? I'VE got one left and I don't think I'm going to achieve it, but it's not a disappointment because things are going alright so far.

You're not going to say what that is? NO. I believe in fate and I think if you try to paint your own fate, nothing ever happens. So I prefer to keep it to myself so that nothing can affect my journey.

Are you an ambitious person? OH, definitely! What's the point in living your life if you're not ambitious? I can't see myself being a person who lets life pass them by. Life is a gift to everyone and you should enjoy it as much as you can. I do believe that if you set your mind to it, you can achieve it, you really can.

You get out of it what you put in EXACTLY. If you don't buy a ticket, you don't get a prize, and all those other cliches!

Both you and your missus, Tess Daly, are in showbusiness. Are your daughters showing any signs of following in your footsteps? YES! Phoebe is always coming home with medals and certificates from school, which is nice. But we're not pushy parents. You bring your kids up like you were brought up as a child. My parents let me discover what I wanted to do, and that's what we're trying to do with our kids, just let them develop naturally. …

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