Victoria Mary Clarke on her “Get together Animal” way of life alongside Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan

In the early years of their relationship, Victoria Mary Clarke threw stones at the window of Shane MacGowan’s apartment to get his attention.

He lived, she says, in a “kind of squat” in London with no phone and no real front door, the only way she could announce her arrival.

No less is expected from the Pogues front man, who has earned a reputation as a Hellraiser – and also from his other half, who also led a less ordinary life.

Victoria recalls her childhood in the Irish countryside and reveals: “I loved the outdoors. I talked to the trees and bushes, I felt like we were in a relationship.

“I have certainly spoken to the fairies every day. I really had the feeling that I knew her. “

Victoria and Shane spent much of their time at their local pub, the Devonshire Arms in Kentish Town, which they felt was like a home from home.

She recalls, “The landlord, Ned, and his wife, Ailish, were great. They would tell you all the news.

Pogues singer Shane McGowan marries Victoria Mary Clarke in Copenhagen City Hall.

“You could leave someone a message. They would cook you dinner.

“It was like having a large living room with lots of friends in it – and a pool table.”

Unsurprisingly, Victoria’s first encounter with Shane was in a London pub. She was only 16, but they didn’t get together until she was 20.

“I was with my girlfriend,” she says. “He came in and really stood out because there was nothing normal about him.

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“It wasn’t just how he looked, but also how he behaved. He had charisma, he had star quality.

“He was with Spider, the tin whistle player in the band we knew, and he said, ‘It’s Spider’s birthday, buy him a drink.’

“I said ‘F *** off’ but I kept watching him out of the corner of my eye.”

From her first Pogues gig, Victoria was a fan of her music, although it took her a while to warm to the punk rock singer on the microphone. She said, “It was like Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy. You spend most of the book thinking her an asshole … you have to hate her before you do
Love her.”

When they got together, she felt like she had won the lottery, “and all I ever needed was this guy who loved me”. And she was just the thing for Shane’s hellish antics.

She said, “I was just as wild, a total party animal. I didn’t think of anything other than to get dressed, to go out, to meet people. I could drink a lot. I had an amazing constitution.

Producer Victoria Mary Clarke, Johnny Depp, Gina Deuters and Stephen Deuters attend the premiere of “Crock of Gold: A some Rounds with Shane McGowan” at the 16th Zurich Film Festival in the Corso cinema

“I don’t know if it was an Irish thing, I think it was just a youth thing because I can’t do it anymore.”

She graduated from whiskey and ginger ale to white wine, but there were “disgusting” experiments with port and grapefruit and even Tia Maria and Lucozade along the way.

Regarding the drugs, she said, “Personally, I would have taken anything anyone offered me just to try it out. It just didn’t do much for me.

“My favorite drug was actually chocolate and food. My favorite foods were really unhealthy – chips, chocolate, kebabs. “

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Victoria’s lifestyle has grown to a full 180 over the years when she embraced her spiritual side, started yoga, and traded alcohol for green juices. She admits, “I had two extremes, yoga and a fasting retreat, then going to the pub and drinking lots of white wine. It was like detox / retox.

“Now I’ve become a total health freak. I like fasting, green juices, raw vegetables, veganism, nut milk, lots of seaweed. Interestingly, Shane likes all of that food too. He would like to eat nut burgers and lentils. He doesn’t eat junk food or sweets. “

The author of Angels in Disguise? says she started seeing her as a child but didn’t realize it was anything out of the ordinary and took it for granted. She credits them for helping her break her smoking habit of 60 a day and for inspiring her new venture to design silk scarves.

She said, “We stayed at Johnny Depp’s house last summer. He paints and he loves it. He gave Shane some paints and I stole them and started painting angels. They told me what to paint. It was like an angel in the day and a message to go with it. Most people don’t buy paintings, but they buy scarves. “

Depp wore a black and white scarf designed by Victoria at the premiere of the new biopic about Shane’s life in Zurich last weekend.

She flew over to the screening and said they were having “great fun” and added, “We met him about 30 years ago, he was interested in playing the role of Gerry Conlon on In The Name Of The Father.

“We knew Gerry because he was friends with Shane’s sister Siobhan. That’s why we met Johnny. We stayed friends. “

Over the years, Depp has made a video with Shane, performed with him on Top Of The Pops, and sang famously at the couple’s 2018 wedding in Copenhagen.

Victoria reveals, “I suggested to Shane the first year we got together because it was a leap year. He said no. He proposed to me at the time and I said no.

This has happened many times over the years. We finally got engaged in 2009, we just didn’t feel like getting married.

She said, “When we did this, we made it more for a party than anything else. I wasn’t interested in having children at all. In fact, just the opposite. I think they’re pretty, but I wouldn’t want to take care of one. In my opinion
Parenthood must be a calling. ”

The documentary, directed by British filmmaker Julien Temple, contains unseen footage of an interview he conducted with Shane in 1976.

Victoria reveals: “Julien had to get hold of a lot of Irish history books and take a crash course. Shane berated him for not knowing the story.

“They were forceful with each other, Shane would betray him and he would go back. There is a feeling of rebellion in it – punk anger. “

There is no doubt that Victoria is comfortable in her own skin. But it wasn’t always like that. She said, “I really wanted to kill myself in the early 2000s.

“That’s when I started reaching out to the angels and they began to guide me.

“Now it’s on the red carpet with Johnny Depp in Zurich, in this beautiful dress and so happy.

“I couldn’t have imagined how I felt in 2000, that I would feel happy or beautiful or anything.”

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