Singer-songwriter Gary Numan said he sees having asperger’s as a “positive asset” to his life and the problems it causes him are “far outweighed by the benefits.”
Uman, 64, rose to fame as the frontman for new wave band Tubeway Army before embarking on a successful solo career.
Speaking to journalist Sian Williams on her Channel 5 News segment Mind Matters with Dr. Sian explained to Numan that he was given medication as a teenager after a psychiatrist suspected he might have Asperger’s, a form of autism, but never received a formal diagnosis.
Numan said, “I see it as a positive benefit in my life, an improvement in who I am and what I am.
“I don’t see it as a disability or a handicap or whatever we’re supposed to say, I don’t see it that way at all.
“I really believe that the few problems that it brings, such as awkwardness in conversation and company, will be far outweighed by the benefits it brings.
“Focus on details, determination, drive, perseverance.”
Numan, who is currently touring the UK, continued: “You know, they talk about people with Asperger’s as being obsessive, like that’s a bad thing.
“I don’t think it’s a bad thing, you know, in my business it’s crucial to be obsessive about what you’re doing.
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“It gives you skills that are incredibly useful in certain professions and I don’t know if I would be here without them, I don’t know if I would have the drive.
“You see the world a little differently and, from my point of view, react a little differently to the world.”
Numan married his wife Gemma O’Neill in 1997 and revealed the relationship helped him develop skills that his Asperger’s disease had prevented him from.
“Since I’ve been with Gemma, it’s been 30 years now, she’s been amazing in so many ways.
“By helping me learn those skills and pointing out the mistakes I’m making in a really nice way,” he said.
“I never feel bad or awkward but help me learn those little tricks that will never come naturally to me.
“But by learning how to do these things, I can engage with people in a way that doesn’t cause offense or irritation or make people uncomfortable talking to me.”
He added: “You’re just always learning.
“Always, you know, because it’s unnatural to me, something like that.”
Mind Matters with Dr Sian airs regularly at 5pm on Channel 5 News.
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