David Lee Roth gave the Brisbane Times a surprisingly open and honest interview about his past and his relationship with his parents.
He also discusses sex and love and his new relationship with a Japanese girl:. I grew up playing outdoors in Bloomington, Indiana. I loved film and the radio. My mother [Sibyl] always encouraged me to embrace the arts.
In fact, she always made sure my sisters and I would be outside if there was a hurricane — she would tell us to pretend we were on a pirate ship. When it snowed, she told us to pretend we were eskimos.
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My mom was class valedictorian. She was belle of the ball. She went to big-band concerts in Chicago, where she is originally from. Her father was a general surgeon. She became an art teacher, she taught Spanish and came from an academic background. My time spent with her was being taken to every free opening of a museum, every dress rehearsal for West Side Story. I had no interaction with my dad [Nathan] because he was a serious academic, though he would take me to the movies when I was young.
I remember my parents always fighting. They fought even before they were married. Mom told me I was an accident. My mom fell off a horse when I was in 9th or 10th grade, going over a small jump, and she was in hospital for a year.
When she came out, she was a different person and that added fuel to an already smouldering antagonism in her marriage with my dad. Coming from a supremely dysfunctional family, I can see why I am the way I am.
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I spiritually left the family home at 12, but moved out with Dad when I was My two sisters, Lisa and Allison, remained with Mom. I am still close to my sisters and love them dearly. I had a big crush on her.
I would put Brylcreem in my hair and wear desert boots and hold my skateboard. She must have been terrified, having someone stalk her like that! It was with a skinny blonde girl called Janine Scott. I shovelled shit behind a stable for a wage as a kid and she was one of the rich .
We made out behind the stables. I was We were barely teenagers, but there was a lot of Shakespeare going on.
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The first girl I slept with was 18 and I was We were at Club Med in Tahiti. It was our first family vacation. I had sex with one of the Tahitian dishwashing girls, named Elaine. It was the first time I saw bikinis, Europeans and was exposed to an international crowd.
We ended up together under a full moon on the beach.
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I had so many options when it came to women for 20 years, being in a popular band [Roth is the singer of hard rock band Van Halen]. I slept with every pretty girl with two legs in her pants.
I even slept with an amputee. Having rounded those bases, I value a woman who gives you room for flexibility and I love women who are clear thinkers. I have had four great loves in my life, but have never been married or even come close.
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Women love to have a good time and love a sense of humour. Women, like men, get better with age.
It was not an impulsive move to come here. We are in love and my girlfriend is Japanese.
I have issues, which stem from my past. I am a wanderer; I was sent to my first shrink when I was six because my parents thought I had autism. They were wrong.
The Roth side of the family always settled down later in life. Who knows what the future holds for me in this department.
I am quite happy in my current relationship.