The singer, 49, talks about suffering racism as a kid, his nervous breakdown in his 20s, selling out Wembley Arena and how starting a family changed everything for him
Growing up in Surfers Paradise was bittersweet. I was born in England, then moved to Australia when I was six. The Gold Coast was paradise. It was also tough – we were the only ethnic family there [Andre is of Greek Cypriot descent], so we were outcasts. I got beaten, because I stood out like a sore thumb. I had curly hair, a big nose and an English accent.
Australia’s a very different place today and I love it with all my heart. It’s multicultural. I think people do change. It’s the ones who don’t that I have a problem with.