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Me and my health: Nathan Carter on his lifestyle

Singing sensation: Nathan Carter
Singing sensation: Nathan Carter

Ireland's leading country singer Nathan Carter returns to Bangor Elim for his Christmas Special on Thursday, December 13. The 28-year-old, who recently performed for Pope Francis at Croke Park, has just launched his autobiography, Born For The Road. He lives in Enniskillen with his brother Jake, who is also a singer.

Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?

A: I go to the gym about three times a week and take a few classes, for example, pump classes and circuits. I've also hired a personal trainer to teach me the correct way of doing weights. I'm not doing exercise to lose weight, it's more to tone up. I did lose weight a couple of years ago and thankfully with a good diet and exercise, I've been able to maintain it.

Q: What is the worst illness you've had?

A: When I was around 16 years old and living with my parents in Liverpool, I had a kidney infection and collapsed with the pain. My parents brought me to hospital, where I stayed for almost a week. I've never felt pain like it in my life. Thankfully I've had no serious illnesses since.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I do have a healthy diet most of the time. I would eat chicken most days and treat myself to a steak once a week. Every lunchtime I would have a jacket potato with tuna. I am a sucker for sweet stuff though - I have recently discovered the new Malteser buttons and can't walk by them in a shop without buying a packet. I love cakes too.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: I bite my nails. It's probably a bit of a nervous thing, which I should stop. Another bad habit is that when I'm out for the night with friends I always end up buying shots of sambuca, and I always regret it the next day, telling myself never again!

Q: Do you drink and smoke? If so, how much?

A: I would drink a couple of nights a week. I love a Guinness but I am fussy about where I buy it as there's nothing worse than getting a bad pint of the black stuff. A few days ago I was in Belfast and nipped into The Crown Bar and I must say this was the nicest and creamiest Guinness I've ever had in my life. I'll definitely be back. With regards to smoking, I have never smoked. My mum smoked when I was young and there was always a smoky smell off my clothes, so I suppose that deterred me from ever taking up this bad habit.

Q: Do you take any supplements? 

A: I do take a multivitamin and glucosamine - it's like a fish oil and is a great lubricant for your throat.

Q: How do you take time out? 

A: In better weather I love sailing the Fermanagh lakes in my boat, but on these dark, wet evenings I love going to the cinema, even if I'm on my own. I recently watched Bohemian Rhapsody, which was great, but my favourite recent movie by far is A Star is Born and in fact I loved it so much that I went to see it twice in one week.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I'm a good sleeper. I'm usually so knackered after a gig and driving that I'm asleep within 10 minutes of putting my head on the pillow. Even when I'm touring in the States I don't suffer jet lag as I would get up around 6am to keep my body clock ticking. I always get around seven or eight hours every night.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: Sometimes I worry about growing old and my biggest fear is losing my voice. I do worry about getting wrinkles too but I won't be going for botox any time soon; I'll wait until I'm 40 to go to these extremes!

Q: What is your go-to product that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: Water. I drink loads of it and I've started using a face moisturiser to re-hydrate my skin.

Tickets for Nathan Carter's Christmas Concert at Bangor Elim on December 13 are available from Tickets also available from Bangor Elim Complex (tel 028 9127 1800), Mace on The Brunswick Road, Bangor, Top Spot Newsagents in Newtownards and Craig's Newsagents, Ballygowan

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