Me and Danny went over and shook his hand and I don’t even know what I said, but it was probably horribly embarrassing.
“Then he just pulled out this light and put it in my ear and pulled it out the other side and then put it in his mouth. ’“Then I saw him when I was at a restaurant for our anniversary and he was on the table next to us.
She thinks that there might be a link to this strange world and where her parents and all the grown-ups are.“It’s a little bit creepy and a bit spooky, but not too spooky that it’s going to stop kids from sleeping,” adds Tom, whose band Mc Fly have scored a string of number one hit singles and albums since their launch in 2003.“I’ve always been scared of the dark and aliens and monsters and things like that. I’ve got better since having kids but I’ve been terrified.
My dad used to tell me stories about aliens and UFOs when I was a kid and I was fascinated by science fiction and aliens."I loved the stories and I would ask him to tell me them, then I wouldn’t be able to sleep. That was the reason why I haven’t been able to sleep into my thirties.
The singer-songwriter, guitarist and father of two was inspired by his own fear of the dark when he created the book.“It’s about the creatures that live in a world beneath your bed,” Tom says.“The hero is a girl called Lucy Dungston and she wakes up one day and discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared in her town.“Lucy wants to get to the bottom of where the adults have gone and that’s when she discovers and meets the creatures that live below the bed.It was the scariest moment of my life.“He’s amazing.There are a few people with whom I’ve been really starstruck and he was definitely one, and it was only a video conference call.They now meet up for regular brunches with all the kids to ensure they don’t lose touch.“I do miss them all,” says Tom.“I was 18 when we first started and we all lived in a house with each other for four or five years.Then we all bought places next door to each other and we were neighbours for three or four years.My wife said, ‘You have to say hello’, but I just couldn’t.I was too starstruck.“As we were leaving, he was stood on his own at the bar.She feels the same way about me and my reactions to her.“We’ve known each other so long. It’s amazing to have that closeness with someone who’s known you since we were kids.”Tom has been working on a movie musical project that brought him face to face with Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg.The movie mogul was interested in becoming involved with the project and asked to meet Tom and the rest of the team in New York to discuss it.It meant we’d be with each other all the time.“Then we moved to separate areas and we have to actually arrange to see each other.We try and have breakfast clubs now every weekend where one of us will host it and we’ll all go over. I don’t actually have any other friends apart from the band and my wife.”Is that because he has spent so much time working? I don’t really like socialising with people.” Fair enough.