On whether heâ€™d let his kids audition for Idol:
â€œYes. I would, if they truly wanted to try. Oh, my god, you may think weâ€™re tough, but the public is tougher. Mick Jagger had it hard at first. They threw stuff at Prince when he was an opening act. People will say, â€˜What big ears, I donâ€™t like that nose, look at her hair,â€™ even before they listen to the music.â€
On Simon and Paula:
â€œTheyâ€™re cool people. Simon is very smart, with an amazing eye for talent and a little bit of brash. But people identify with him. Paula is a great artist who really loves these kids and nourishes them like a mother.â€
On his weight loss:
â€œA couple of years ago, I was feeling rocky. I was 43, and when I went to the doctor, he said I had type 2 diabetes. I lost 121 pounds and put only 10 back. I completely changed my lifestyle.â€
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