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Jeremy Clarkson Says He Thinks About Dying 'A Lot'

Claire Reid

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Jeremy Clarkson Says He Thinks About Dying 'A Lot'

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Jeremy Clarkson has said he thinks about death ‘a lot’ as he turns 62 today.

The Clarkson’s Farm star has opened up about how he feels about ageing in his column in the Times, where he’s admitted ‘age is cruel’ and that he believes the ‘party is nearly over’. 

Clarkson wrote: “I turn 62 tomorrow, which means death cannot be that far away. But instead of hiding in a wardrobe, hoping it won’t find me there, I’m writing this, and when I’ve finished I’ll go to the pub. I do think about dying, a lot, and it bothers me. But not as much as it should.”

He then goes on to share his thoughts on the ageing process, while ruling out any chance of him joining a gym to try and keep youthful. 

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Speaking to those who try and stave off the years by ‘sweating and grunting’ in a gym, Clarkson wrote: “At best you’ll look like a pipe cleaner in a ball sack. And you still won’t be able to run the hundred metres in 11 seconds or do pole-vaulting or swim a length underwater or win the Tour de France.”

However, he did reveal that he enjoys a nice leisurely walk where he can stop and look at interesting birds’ nests. Fair enough. 

Despite mainly bashing the prospect of getting older, Clarkson did admit that one up-side was that he no longer had to worry about what he looked like. 

The TV personality said that while those with fewer miles on the clock ‘need to be attractive so that you can have sexual intercourse’ - that wasn’t a concern for the over 60s. 

Jeremy Clarkson and James May in 2006. Credit: Alamy
Jeremy Clarkson and James May in 2006. Credit: Alamy

Elsewhere in the column, Clarkson rounded up a list of male celebrities who were also turning 62 this year - including Hugh Grant, Jonathan Ross, Bono, Gary Linker and Antonio Banderas - to see who was ‘faring better’ through the ageing process. 

Here, Clarkson didn’t hold back on the self-deprecation, admitting that ‘all of them are, if I’m honest. Except perhaps Jonathan Ross'.

He went on: “And that irritates me. I’m in a battle here with Kenneth Branagh and, though we’ve never met, you can be assured he’s in a battle with me. And he knows he’s winning. He can look at a photograph of me and then himself in the mirror and he’ll think, ‘Yup. I’m in the lead'.”

Topics: Jeremy Clarkson, Celebrity

Claire Reid
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