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Adam Ant came to fame in the early 1980s as the lead singer of the New Wave band Adam and the Ants.
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Soon, however, the grind of touring—the group performed 300 gigs a year—took its toll, and in early 1982, Ant broke up the band.
In 1982, Ant released his first solo album, Friend or Foe. Though Ant anticipated a successful solo career, the record and his subsequent work, including the albums Manners and Physique (1990) and Wonderful (1995), failed to match his earlier success. Shortly after 1985's Live Aid concert, Ant distinguished himself as being the only performer whose record went down in the charts in the week following the show.
A later move to Hollywood saw Ant take a turn at acting. He landed supporting roles in several movies and in 1989, played his first lead in the film Trust Me.
Ant's personal life has mirrored the rocky nature of his musical career. In 1997, a 42-year-old Ant married Lorraine Gibson, a 25-year-old intern to fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. The couple eventually had a daughter together, but their subsequent divorce pushed Ant into another mental crisis.
In 2002, police arrested Ant after he threw a car alternator through the window of a pub, and threatened people inside with a fake pistol.
In recent years, however, Ant's life seems to have settled down. In a round of interviews in 2011, he excitedly discussed plans to make music again, even suggesting that there would be an Ants reunion. "I feel very grateful to be alive and well enough to make music," he said. "Because for a time there, it was like the Alamo. It really was. It got a bit sticky."
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