Gary Numan health: 80s pop legend says his Asperger’s is a ‘gift’ but has one ‘downside’

Gary Numan says he sees his Asperger's Syndrome 'as a gift'

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Four decades since he retired, 80s pop star Gary Numan is planning a comeback. Numan is a unique artist, having made an indelible imprint on the 80s music scene. He is also unique in another way: he is very open about his personal life.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Numan spoke about his Asperger’s

Asperger’s is a developmental disorder that was a previously used diagnosis on the autism spectrum. 

“I see it as a gift. If I could have my time again I would choose to have it again,” Numan said.

“It brings so many things that are positive.”

Among the many positive aspects is a special ability to “focus”, which benefits Numan’s artistry, he said.

He continued: “People say being obsessive is a bad thing but there are times when being obsessive is a good thing.

“I use the skills to focus in work. In music it gives me a focus.”

However, Numan said there is one “downside” to the developmental disorder.

Numan said the “only downside I don’t interact well in social interactions”.

The 80s legend said he is “very aware” but not in a positive way.

This often manifests itself in him hiding “behind his wife” in social contexts, the pop icon revealed.

Numan sheds further light on his Asperger’s in his new documentary “Gary Numan Resurrection” on Sky Arts.

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