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AT 42, DAVE STEWART IS A '90S RENAISSANCE man: He has just released his first solo album and is busy scoring an upcoming film for director Ted Demme (Jonathan's nephew), writing songs with Paul McCartney, preparing to launch a new art magazine (MAFIA: Music Art Fashion Interactive Alliance) and looking forward to his first photo exhibition in London this spring.
So why would he call his new album Greetings from the Gutter? "It's greetings from the emotional gutter," says the former Eurythmic. "I had never done my own album because of insecurity and self-doubt. I was always hiding myself behind other people. And then I spent six weeks in a psychiatric hospital about a year and a half ago as part of a quest to look inside myself. You realize that to move forward you have to confront the darkest side of yourself."
Moving forward has never been easy for Stewart—he even founded Eurythmics with former girlfriend Annie Lennox a week after they broke off their romantic relationship. "Imagine being with an ex-love, breaking up and then releasing something that's No. 1 in America," says Stewart, who married musician Siobhan Fahey, formerly of Bananarama and now in Shakespeare's Sister, in 1987 and currently lives in London with their two sons, Sam, 7, and Django, 4. By the time Stewart and Lennox split professionally in 1989, Stewart says he was exhausted. The two have since had little contact. "You're tied together, and it comes to a point where you just need space. Still, I think she's a great songwriter. That's why we spent so long together. I respected what she did, and she respected me."