Welcome to the UAE! How does it compare to your last visit in 2007, when you played at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace?
Last time I came to Dubai, I played a round at a fantastic golf course that I cannot remember the name of [laughs], but I know it was very beautiful. So that was a lot of fun. It was in December, so the weather was a lot cooler. It’s hot. I don’t know if you guys noticed that about your country, but the UAE gets very hot this time of year. I didn’t know that, and I just found out now, once I got here. I’m having a great time this time around. [Dubai] really is beautiful, and [Dubai residents] really are some of the kindest people that I’ve met. You also have the best food. I really love Middle Eastern food.
You’re in Dubai to promote Givenchy’s Play scent. How did that come about?
I’ve always loved the brand; I always thought it was very sleek and very modern. Getting to work on a fragrance from the gestation period, from the start, seemed very appealing to me. You may not know this, but when I was sent the first secret tubes of Play, I received them in Abu Dhabi. I don’t know if that’s special or not. I just thought it was a coincidence.
So let’s talk about your career. After the music, film and golf, is there anything else you can tell us that you have coming up?
I think it’s safe to say that I have a whole plate of things to do. But growing up in the time that I grew up, I think [I learned] to aspire to do many different things. In the landscape of where we are in the world today, with the arts and entertainment, [lots of] possibilities and opportunities come up that are unique.
Sounds intriguing – can you tell us more?
I think if [a project] is organic to you as a person and as a creative mind, then it’s worth giving it a go, especially if you get to be [very] involved. But with Givenchy, my music and film and the music that I produce for other artists, I have plenty of stuff to do. I don’t have any more tricks up my sleeve.
You filmed the Givenchy commercial with model Noot Seear. How was that?
She was great. We were running up the Eiffel Tower and we’d have to cut and just breathe, and we’d then have to run again and she had to do it all in heels. She was a trooper. I think she could have a career as an actress.
She’s actually starring in the latest Twilight movie.
So there you go.