Cocktails with - Cindy Breakspeare
Across the black and white-tiled expanse of the Guilt Restaurant, located on the charming gingerbread verandah of the historic Devon House, we spy the gorgeous Cindy Breakspeare decked out in her afternoon tea finery, engaging in languid girl talk over chef Colin Hylton's gourmet creations. With a simple table-switch, the singer, former beauty queen and one of Bob Marley's great loves, pauses to gab over virgin cocktails.
What are you sipping?
What kind of day are you having?
You know, every day comes with the usual challenges, stresses and strains. I'm at an age and stage that I try to do something special for myself every day. It's not always possible but being with girlfriends and we chat whatever nonsense we want and have a lot of great laughs.
What are your beauty essentials?
Soap and water — and good old Nivea.
Describe your personal style.
I only wear what suits me — I don't ever want to be seen as a fashion victim. Therefore, I stick to pieces that flatter my figure. I love bright colours and feminine clothing. And I definitely favour dresses and long skirts over pants.
Who does your hair?
Who does your nails?
LBD or jeans?
Little Black Dress — I'm not big on jeans.
Flats or stilettos?
What perfume are you splashing?
Lolita Limpica. And more recently, I'm liking the new Versace — I think it's Yellow Diamond. My husband gifted it to me for Christmas and it's lovely.
What's playing on your iPod?
Junior Gong (laughs)! But less predictably, I'm listening right now to some electronic press kits from some young artistes Junior produced, such as Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis, who has a lovely lover's rock set of songs coming out right now, and some other interesting people like Asa — wonderful!
Who is your inspiration?
I guess, I would have to say Bob Marley. I don't think that kind of greatness comes along every day and I don't expect that I will ever be close to it again in my life, and this is not to take away anything from either of the men that I married, or my wonderful husband today — but just the fact that Bob's celebrity and mystique have never ever diminished and the world is still so fascinated by all that he stood for, and it has impacted on my life so greatly.
Where do you go to unwind?
The gym. And I also like quiet time at my home — it's my sanctuary.
What's your idea of the perfect man?
Well, if I were the perfect woman I might know the answer to that.
What's your idea of the perfect date?
Whatever you feel like doing together. Good times. Laughter.
What's Cindy's social life like?
I love being with old friends. If you were to scan a guest list of one of my parties, however infrequently they may be held, it really hasn't changed much in 40 years. I love the comfort level that comes with old frriends — they know where you're coming from and you know what they're about. That's very, very special and takes years to build.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Feeling younger and more invigorated than ever! With more grandchildren. A bunch more.
When you look at Damian (Junior Gong) do you see Bob there?
Of course, in so many ways. In his lyrical content, his respect for women. I never have to worry about what he's going to say or do whenever he gets on a stage. And I'm not saying that Damian is perfect or any of Bob's other kids but at least there's a bar that had already been set by their dad for them to follow.
If there was a word each to encapsulate Bob and Damian (Junior), separately and individually, what would they be?
Bob, I can't do in one word, so — 'singlemindedness of purpose', is the phrase that best describes him, and for Damian I would say, 'dedication'.