Some key quotes...
"I saw a guy imploding and self-destructing. It broke my heart. Richie should have been dead. I cried for him. I was at my wits' end. What do you do?"
On the new album:
"The world crashed, hit rock-bottom, came up, rubbed its nose, saw the stars spinning and thought, 'We've got to make steps forward again.' The following month, Barack Obama was elected US President. As a writer, I started to steam-roll. We ditched the greatest hits concept and said: 'Let's go'."
On the price of fame:
"I've spent too many nights sitting in a hotel room with a sleeping pill and bottle of wine ... missing my kids. That's the cost."
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