This little interview brings nothing really new but is refreshing: for once there is no negativity, nor reminders of past mistakes…
Ronnie O’Sullivan: 5 things I can’t live without (source: the Express)
FIVE times world champion snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, 42, lives in Essex with his partner, actress Laila Rouass, 46
DIET GURU: Ronnie now cooks
When I was growing up I spent a lot of time hanging around the snooker halls of Soho with my dad.
It has always been a magical place for me and one of the things I love about Soho is that although it is bursting with wonderful bars and restaurants, there is always somewhere new to discover.
My clubbing days might be behind me now but I still enjoy regular nights out in the West End.Laila and I belong to the private members’ club Soho House and it’s such a relaxing place to spend time.
I guess I wouldn’t be living the life I have now without snooker and although it has become more of a job than a pleasure, it obviously plays a central part in my life.
As a child I always had strong hand-eye coordination and I was naturally good at tennis and golf. The first time I played snooker I was eight. I had talent but didn’t begin competing until I was 15.
As a youngster I was mesmerised by the game and spent all my spare time down at the snooker club. Back then Steve Davis was my absolute hero and I lived and breathed snooker.
However these days I prefer a bit of balance and I like to have other pleasures in my life too.
I used to be someone who paid absolutely no attention to my diet and I just ate whenever and whatever.
Then a few years ago I started to put on weight and after realising how much it was getting me down, a good friend offered to teach me to cook.
Each week he would pop round and show me how to make a new dish. To my surprise, I started to really enjoy cooking and to think more carefully about my diet.
Now I regularly visit a nutritionist and I am all about meal plans and healthy snacks. I honestly can’t believe how much better I feel.
4. TAILORED SUIT
When it comes to clothes, I’ve always been a bit of a slob as fashion isn’t something that has ever interested me much.
I am happiest in jeans and a T-shirt and I’ve never really seen the point of spending a lot of money on my wardrobe.
Until recently I always bought all my shirts and suits off the peg but for my birthday, a friend insisted on treating me to a tailored suit. I think he thought I needed to smarten up for television and he probably had a point.
However now that I’ve worn my suit, I have to admit I’m sold. It looks and feels so good that I might even splash out on some designer shirts.
‘Running is something I have grown to love’ says Ronnie O’Sullivan
About 15 years ago a really good friend of mine persuaded me to join him for a run and it was a life-changing moment for me.
As someone who had never paid much attention to my fitness, I unexpectedly caught the running bug and soon I was racking up 40 miles a week.
Running is something I have grown to love as it doesn’t just help me to manage my weight and boost my energy levels, it always leaves me feeling incredibly fit and relaxed too.
Ronnie O’Sullivan’s new novel Double Kiss (£7.99, Macmillan) is out now in paperback