Muse frontman Matt Bellamy says family hardships after his father early 1990s bankrupcy is what drove him to be an international success.
The bankruptcy drove his parents apart and made him appreciate the importance of family, which he says helps him appreciate the importance of family rather than wealth, which helps keep him grounded now he's a major rock star.
"Money and success haven't really changed my beliefs or opinions over the years. When I was growing up my mum and dad split when I was 13 or 14 during the early-'90s recession. At that time my dad went bankrupt and it played a huge part in it all at home.
"I experienced the sharp end of a tough time, living with a single parent, my mum, and she was really struggling to get a job. These are the things that form your views in life. They are established when you are growing up and being raised. That stuff doesn't really go away, that stays with you," he told the Sun.
Bellamy says the fear of going through such a hard time again is what drove him to work extra hard to succeed. "I never want to have to be in that situation again - ever. I have been lucky to experience a lot of the spoils that can happen in a rock band. But being with the three guys in this band from such a young age, we aren't going to let any of the spoils change us."
Meanwhile, overnight reports claim that his bandmate and drummer Dom Howard has been spotted stapling fake money to a performer's rear end at a debauched after-party last night, though the original article on NME has since been removed.
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