Me and my health: Nathan Carter on his lifestyle
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 ticketsource.co.uk/bangorelimcomplex. 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