There, it’s out!
Any of my friends reading this will be like yeah, we know. Don’t read into this the wrong way, I do not go to celebrities houses and stalk them, however, if they are in Glasgow for a signing or on tour, I will be there with bells on.
I only have a few people/bands that I like but the overwhelming urge to meet them in the flesh, rather than see them from a stage is too much. So, yes, I have been known to wait outside hotels for hours on end but hey it pays off… most of the time.
My first boy band crush was Take That. Hours upon hours of watching the one video and crying over the fans who were allowed at the concerts. You see, I wasn’t allowed to go to concerts when I was younger in case I got crushed (very protective mother). I watched that video so much that the tape actually snapped from rewinding it so much. And then they split up. Devastation is not the word. Fast forward twelve years and I was at my first Take That concert, aged 23, crying my eyes out. It took me until the last couple of years to get a hold of them in the flesh but it’s so worth it, to speak to the people who you have spent hundreds of pounds on, to realise that they are actual real life people who will chat to you about your family and thank you for being there from the start. Completely worth the numb toes. This was probably the most “famous people” on my to meet list. What a lovely bunch of guys, they get more handsome with age too, don’t see that very often.
Next up would be Peter Andre…
Alongside the Take That posters was Mr Andre himself, you know the pool shots with the wet hair and the abs. Yep, and like the Take That boys, he vanished (seeing a pattern here). Returning into the limelight as a family man, that’s way cuter than any abs! His recent music was good too, so the concerts and meet and greets started up again. It was good to see other mums in the queues too and not just teenagers, it seemed his fans stuck around. Pete has so much time for his fans and is the most genuinely down to earth guy you could ever meet.
It doesn’t have to all be middle aged men that are good singers, these days You Tubers have been known to slip onto the “to meet” list. YouTube is amazing, people that vlog have my interest straight away. It’s the whole reality tv thing, seeing a little clip into people’s lives has me gripped. So when I found out Louise Pentland, aka Sprinkle of Glitter, was in Glasgow, I had to get a book signing ticket. This is probably the only one I regret a little. I didn’t feel we got to chat and I felt way too old to be standing in a queue waiting to get my book signed. Louise is one of my favourite mummy bloggers though and when you think about it, she is just that, a mum, earning a living for her and her daughter. I think sitting behind a desk with people queuing to meet her, is something she isn’t entirely comfortable with either. I got her a glitter frame made up and she was really grateful.
My skills have come in useful with the girls being older, I know all the places to go hunting when their favourite band is on tour. I’m also the mother that shouts at security staff for not letting One Direction come out and meet their fans but that’s a moment I’m not entirely proud of.
I will wait with them for hours until they get that wee glimpse of who they are liking at the time, I know the feeling of anticipation and it’s amazing when you eventually even get a wave.
So that’s the little teenage part of me that I don’t think will ever go, I’m not ashamed of being a thirty-something fan-girl. I’m not hurting anyone, it’s a good wee hobby!
Oh and we can’t forget the nation’s treasure, Sean Batty, our local weather man… yes, I have no limits.