Jeremy Clarkson reflects on making it past 61 after predicting he would die
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Jeremy Clarkson has reflected on making it to 62 - having feared 61 might have been the end of the line.
The broadcaster previously said that 'everyone' he knows dies when they're 61, and if he made it past the ominous age, he joked that he would live forever. So we caught up with him in his field and asked him how it felt to be alive.
"I made it, I'm gonna be around forever," he said, ahead of the release of Clarkson's Farm series two.
"My dad died when he was 61, AA Gill - one of my oldest friends - died when he was 61. Anthony Bourdain - 61.
"So many people die at 61, and I always thought, 'If I can just get past 61, I should be alright'."
However, while he may have reached this significant milestone, he does still have health concerns.
"Now I've got numb toes - made the mistake of Googling that," the former Top Gear presenter continued.
"So it's either diabetes, cancer, AIDS... every terrible disease you could possibly have.
"The doctor was around this morning seeing Lisa [his girlfriend], and I said 'Numb toes?', and she went, 'Have you got some new shoes?', and I said, 'Yeah'. She said, 'Get some other ones.'"
Fortunately then, Clarkson isn't battling a terrible disease personally, but in terms of his farm, there are several he has to contend with.
In the second season of his hit show, Clarkson takes on cattle, which in turn means he has to take on tuberculosis-carrying badgers.
And on top of that, he faces ongoing battles with the government, which he described as 'the biggest disease of them all'.
"You just wouldn't believe how many things they tell you you can't do," he said.
"And if there are one or two things they've forgotten, they've got the council to tell you you can't do them."
Still, despite the inevitable toll of running the farm and fighting these various 'diseases', Clarkson said he lives a much healthier lifestyle working on - and living off - his land.
"I do walk a lot, my step count is pretty good," he said.
"And you do lift things, and carry things, and put things down again.
"It's like being in a gym constantly, and you're always outdoors, and we do eat incredibly well because we're eating our own food.
"It's just fantastic, straight out of the ground. Last night we just had some beetroot picked, boiled, with our own horseradish. You do eat well... but the trouble is, I do drink staggering quantities of beer and wine - which rather offsets everything."
Series two of Clarkson's Farm launches on Prime Video on Friday (10 February).