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Bruce Springsteen details wifes warning about bad habit that was affecting family life

Bruce Springsteen on making podcast with Barack Obama

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Rockstar Bruce Springsteen, 72, opened up about tensions between his career and family life with Graham Norton, 58. The musician admitted that his career hadn’t always gone down well with his wife and that she scolded him for not spending enough time with their children. 

Bruce’s spouse Patti Scialfa, 68, is an American singer-songwriter, who has been a member of the E Street Band since 1984.

The guitarist has been married to Bruce since 1991 and together they share three children.

Getting candid about the strain his rock and roll lifestyle caused, Bruce explained how Patti was worried he would “miss” the key moments with their brood.

“I had the bad habit of getting up around noon,” he has now admitted.

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“At one point she said, ‘You can do that, but you are going to miss the whole thing – the kids are at their best in the morning.’  

“The next day I got up at six am – I was more used to going to bed at six am – and made pancakes.  

“For the next 10 years I cooked breakfast for the children – if I’d ever blown my job as a musician I could have cooked in any diner across America!”

The couple have two sons Evan (31) and Samuel (27), as well as daughter Jessica (29). 

Also in Graham’s latest instalment was former President Obama, acting legend Dame Judi Dench, 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan, new Eternals superhero Salma Hayek and rapper Tinie Tempah. 

Jesy Nelson performed her new song Boyz in the studio before joining Graham for a chat, where she confirmed her and Little Mix “weren’t talking anymore” but that she “still loved them to pieces”. 

Barrack Obama said he could empathise with Bruce’s tricky family situation and admitted there was some friction between him and his wife Michelle when he first spoke of his presidency bid.

“I think it is fair to say that Michelle was not thrilled with the initial idea of my running for President,” he said. 

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“Once I became President, you are living above the store, so I ended up having more time with her and the girls because everyone comes to you and at the end of the day you just go upstairs – there is no commute.

“That period was easier, but campaigning was rough.”

Obama, 60, and Michelle, 57, share two daughters who spent half their childhood years in the White House.

23-year-old Malia Ann went on to study at Harvard University, while Sasha, 20, is currently a student at the University of Michigan. 

The former president appeared on Graham Norton beside his friend Bruce to discuss their new book, Renegades: Born in the USA.

The pair joined the show virtually via a pre-recorded chat from Bruce’s house in New Jersey. 

The two men revealed that they became friends after realising they had a few things in common, with Obama describing Bruce as “shy when you first meet him” but “very charismatic”. 

Renegades: Born in the USA describes itself as “a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarised politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality”. 

The hardback is available to buy for £17.50 from WHSmith and other vendors. 

All quotes are taken from The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, airing Friday 29 October and available on BBC iPlayer.

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