Gary Numan is a positive atheist and has incorporated anti-religious motifs and images in his music. He was an outspoken supporter of the Conservative Party and of Margaret Thatcher after her inauguration as Prime Minister. He later expressed regret for giving his public support, calling it "a noose around my neck". He has previously said that he considers himself neither left-wing nor right-wing and that he does not support Tony Blair or David Cameron. Numan also said, "I'm not socialist, I know that. I don't believe in sharing my money."
In 1997, Numan married a member of his fan club, Gemma O'Neill, a native of Sidcup. Numan used to reside with his family in East Sussex, until he moved to Los Angeles in October 2012. He published his autobiography, Praying to the Aliens, in 1997 (updated edition 1998), in collaboration with Steve Malins. (Malins also wrote the liner notes for most of the CD reissues of Numan's albums in the late 1990s, as well as executive producing the Hybrid album in 2003.)
At age 15, after a series of outbursts in which Numan would "smash things up, scream and shout, get in people's faces and break stuff", he was prescribed antidepressants and anxiolytics. Numan's wife later suggested he had Asperger syndrome. In a 2001 interview, he said: "Polite conversation has never been one of my strong points. Just recently I actually found out that I'd got a mild form of Asperger's syndrome which basically means I have trouble interacting with people. For years, I couldn't understand why people thought I was arrogant, but now it all makes more sense".
Following the apparent harassment of his wife while his family was walking on a High Street in his local area, and his feelings following the 2011 London Riots Numan filed papers to emigrate to the United States Santa Monica, California. Numan said "Every village and town in England has a bunch of thugs running around in it. The riots were the nail in the coffin".
In the September 2011 Q&A section of Numan's official web site, in answer to the question "Is it true you now hate England and want to leave?" he replied, "No, that’s utter rubbish." He explained that he had "never been abused in my local high street," and has "made no firm decision about leaving the UK" but thugs are helping make such a decision, pointing out that the rioting "makes us look like a country of ignorant savages, beating up people already injured, pretending to help while stealing their things, hitting old men, killing them." He went on to explain that soundtracks may be a logical step, as he gets older and since "in the UK we have no meaningful film industry to speak of," a move to the U.S. might be more reasonable. He concluded by saying his family are highest priority and, "If I see somewhere that seems safer, happier, and will give them a better life than the UK, I’ll take them there if I possibly can."
Born in Hammersmith, England, Gary Anthony James Webb was the son of a British Airways bus driver based at Heathrow Airport. Webb was educated at Town Farm Junior School in Stanwell, Surrey and Ashford County Grammar School, then Slough Grammar School, Berkshire and Brooklands Technical College, Surrey. He joined the Air Training Corps as a teenager. He then briefly did various jobs including fork lift truck driver, air conditioning ventilator fitter, and clerk in an accounts department. When Numan was 15 years old, his father bought him a Gibson Les Paul guitar, which he regards as his most treasured possession. He played in various bands, including Mean Street and The Lasers, before forming Tubeway Army with his uncle, Jess Lidyard, and Paul Gardiner. His initial pseudonym was "Valerian", probably in reference to the hero in French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline.Later he picked the name "Numan" from an advert in the Yellow Pages for a plumber named A. Neumann.
Gary Numan (born Gary Anthony James Webb on 8 March 1958) is an English singer, composer, and musician.
Numan is a positive atheist and has incorporated anti-religious motifs and images in his music.
Numan married a member of his own fan club, Gemma O'Neill.
In 2003 the couple had their first child, Raven and in 2005 they had a second daughter, Persia
In 2007 the couple had their third child, Echo. He published his autobiography, Praying to the Aliens, in 1997 (updated edition 1998), in collaboration with Steve Malins (Malins also wrote the liner notes for most of the CD reissues of Numan's albums in the late 1990s, as well as executive producing the Hybrid album in 2003). Numan has recently moved to East Sussex from Essex.
Numan is also known for his love of flying, a passion which has featured in some of his music videos ("Warriors", "I Can't Stop"). He has owned several small aircraft. He is one of a very small handful of flyers with the credentials and qualifications to train aerobatic instructor pilots. Numan has guest-starred on the BBC TV series "The Mighty Boosh", where a main character, Vince Noir, is a huge Numan fan. Numan recently stated that he likes to go sailing from time to time. Numan was also a member of the Air Training Corps. Numan's brother is also an accomplished pilot.
Numan has Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder which causes restricted social and communication skills. In a 2001 interview, he said: "Polite conversation has never been one of my strong points. Just recently I actually found out that I'd got a mild form of Asperger's syndrome which basically means I have trouble interacting with people. For years, I couldn't understand why people thought I was arrogant, but now it all makes more sense."
The Pleasure Principle
Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
Here in my car
I can only receive
I can listen to you
It keeps me stable for days
Here in my car
Where the image breaks down
Will you visit me please?
If I open my door
Here in my car
I know I've started to think
About leaving tonight
Although nothing seems right