Smokey Robinson – I still have sexual desires, at 83

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Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson, the 83-year-old soul music great, has stated that he still feels sexual.

In an interview published in The Guardian, he said, “I still feel the same way, only I’m wiser with it. When you’re young and you have those exploratory feelings about sex, you haven’t lived long enough to know the value of it. So big yes, I have a different attitude to it, but I still feel sexual. And I hope I’ll always feel like that. OK, chronologically, I’m 83, but it’s not really my age.

Speaking about love, he said, “You asked me what happened when we get older, and we get wisdom in life.

I learned that we are capable of loving more than one person at the same time. And it has been made taboo by us. By people. It’s not because one person isn’t worthy or they don’t live up to what you expect – it has to do with feelings. If we could control love, nobody would love anybody. Nobody would take that chance. Why would you put your heart out there for somebody to be able to hurt you like that and make you able to have those feelings?”

Speaking about Marvin Gaye who died in 1986 at 44, he said, “Marvin and I were brothers, man. We hung out almost every day of our lives. To lose him at that age was a real blow … The last thing I ever expected to see him was dead.” And such a violent death?
“Yes, exactly. He’d got into trouble with drugs when he died.”

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