Having Attended Raw and Juicy’s 10th Anniversary Party, Pop Legend Bryan Adams Shares His Thoughts on Veganism
Pop star, best-selling musician, and celebrity snapper Bryan Adams has enjoyed a veggie diet for over 20 years, relying on a large proportion of raw foods to give him the energy needed to tackle a high energy career.
The elusive star made a raw appearance at a London party celebrating juice company Raw and Juicy’s 10th anniversary. The company, which was founded by Stephanie Morgan, was the UK’s first home delivery juice detox company. Bryan has tweeted about how much he enjoys the juices, so he took to the stage to tell the audience-including Vegan Life-about his thoughts on veganism. His passion for cruelty-free living shone through.
He told us: “For those people who aren’t veggie or vegan it was the best gift I could ever give myself to do it. I am turning 57 years old this year and I work hard, I am always on the move but I have tonnes of energy because I am plant-based. It is absolutely the best thing you could ever do for yourself. It is a great path.”
Despite advocating the lifestyle, Bryan has said he doesn’t like to ‘preach’ about it, preferring instead to let his health speak for itself. Powering his routine is something he’s talked about in the past, telling one paper: “I start my day with fruit juice and a mixed fruit salad. Dinner is salads or, if I’m not on a raw-food diet, then pasta or something veggie that’s cooked. If I’m in the studio then the food tends to be garbage for the most part, unless you’re lucky enough to have it catered in. I have been known to bring avocados to the set with lemons. When I lived in France we got a local fella to come and prepare vegetarian food which was the best – he still works for us on tour today. We bring a juicer, so my rider is just fruit and veggies and some nuts and dried fruits. An army doesn’t march on an empty stomach.”
He has frequently spoken about the benefits of a plant-based diet saying one key thing he is able to manage is weight. “When I see men and women my age with their guts hanging over their trousers I wish someone was able to explain the benefits of diet, and that they are likely to be toxic and blocked from the things they’ve eaten,” he said. “I abide by the rule that if it looks like it’s going to clog your system, it probably will.”
So what does he turn to when he wants to indulge?
He told us: “My favourite vegan comfort food is probably bananas. That is what I would reach for every time. I spent some time following a raw food diet which I did actually find quite difficult at times. Bananas and avocados were my go to. I would eat a banana when I needed to feel full, and it would work every time. I also found that drinking something when I felt hungry would often quench the hunger.”
In fact, he is thought to live an extremely clean lifestyle all round, partaking in a number of sports including swimming, biking, and running to keep fit, as well as largely avoiding alcohol (but not being tee-total) and not taking drugs, once saying to a journalist: “I’m astounded still today how I know that there are drugs all around me but no one ever offers them to me.”
It’s not all about health though. The compassionate singer also cares about animal rights, telling charity Peta: “Being sympathetic to animal rights is just something that came very naturally to me. Perhaps because I used to have dogs growing up, and you know they became part of the family. And it never occurred to me growing up. I never put the whole thing of animal cruelty and that together as a youngster. But the moment I began to understand what was going on with the treatment of animals, it led me more and more in the way of the path I am [on] now, which is a complete vegan.”
A History of Success
- Bryan Adams is, globally, one of the best-selling artists of all time, with a career spanning three decades-so far. He has won enough awards and nominations to fill numerous trophy cabinets, including three nominations for Academy Awards. He has won the prestigious Ivor Novello twice for song composition, one Grammy (with an impressive 15 nominations) and 20 Junos among others. He has been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
- Born in 1959, in Kingston Ontario in Canada, he moved around Europe and the Middle East with his parents. When he was 10, he was given his first guitar, moving onto an electric guitar he bought himself a year later. After moving to Vancouver age 14, he started a band, getting signed when he turned 18.
- His career in the limelight started in America in 1983 with his album Cuts Like a Knife, then became known worldwide the following year with songs like Run to You and Summer of ’69 from his album Reckless. In 1991 he released one of the best-selling singles of all time: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You. Over the course of his career, Bryan has duetted with a number of other artists, including Tina Turner in ‘It’s Only Love’, Sarah McLachlan in ‘Don’t Let Go’, Mel C. in ‘When you’re Gone’, Chicane in ‘Don’t Give Up’, and the aforementioned collaboration on ‘All For Love’.
- Known for his charity work as well as his music, he has spoken out on issue like animal rights as well as working with Greenpeace and Amnesty International. He recently cancelled performances in Mississippi as protest against the Religious Liberty bill 1523, saying: “I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi. I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation. Using my voice I stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day.”