Pop icon reveals how he would spend his last day on Earth...
Rick Astley

How would you spend your last day alive...?

Rick Astley would be in Sardinia.

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Where would you like to wake up?
I’d like to wake up on the island of Sardinia in a little house in a place called Villasimius. We’ve been there about 10 times and have got really great memories of it.

What would you like to achieve on your last day?
I think I’d just like to be chilling out really, so it’s like real summer family holidays where the most important things to decide are what are you going to have for breakfast, what are you going to have for lunch, what beach are you going to, and what are you going to have for dinner.

You host a Last Supper - who’s coming?
I’d want Frank Sinatra there, but I wouldn’t necessarily want him to be eating with us - I’d want him to be singing; I’d want him to be the lounge entertainer. I’d like Alex Ferguson to be there, because I’m a big United fan, so I’d like to ask him a few things. I’d like Eric Cantona there as well.

What’s on the menu?
For starter, we’d have a really great Caprese-style salad. Main course is Linguine alla spada, which is swordfish, but I’d also have Spaghetti vongole with bottarga, which is a shaved, dry fish. For dessert, we’d walk up the street to a proper gelato place.

What would be your biggest regret?
There’s times when I’ve thought to myself, ‘If I hadn’t met Stock, Aitken and Waterman, would I have got a record deal anyway?’ You just don’t know. There’s no way that I’d even want to know. I’m happy the way things have turned out, so I tend not to regret things, because some of your biggest mistakes could have led to some of the best things in your life.

What would be your deathbed confession?
That it was me that burnt a hole in the carpet when we were kids. I don’t know how I did, because I shouldn’t have been playing with an iron anyway, but I was trying to iron anything and I ended up ironing the carpet. Everybody blamed my brother Mike, because that would have been very typically what Mike would have done, but it was me.

How would you like to die?
I’d probably have three good vodka Martinis mixed by a really good barman, be lying on the beach holding hands with my daughter and my wife, and just drift away looking at the stars.

Who would you like to meet at the Pearly Gates of Heaven?
George Best and Elvis Presley. It’d be really interesting to see the dynamic between them two, because they were both trailblazers; no one had ever done what they’d done.

Describe your vision of Heaven.
It’s pretty much like Sardinia, to be honest: someone’s always cooking pasta, and there’s always a Martini on the go.

If you could be resurrected the next day, what would you come back as?
I’d like to see the rest of my daughter’s life, so it’d be interesting to be a tree in her garden - when she gets a garden, that is - and see her live the rest of her life with her family.

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Rick Astley’s new album ‘50’ is out now.

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