Born in Hampshire, Mills, 49, became a presenter on his local radio station, Power FM, at 16. He went on to work for stations in Bristol and Manchester before joining London’s Heart FM in 1995. Three years later, he started at BBC Radio 1’s early breakfast show. He spent 24 years at Radio 1, most recently hosting the weekday drivetime show. On 31 October he moves to Radio 2, where he takes over the afternoon slot from Steve Wright. Mills is engaged and lives in Hertfordshire.
What is your greatest fear?
Heights. For Children in Need, I had to abseil off the Orbit in the Olympic Park. It was the most terrifying thing I’ve done.
When were you happiest?
Now. I’ve moved to Hertfordshire after 25 years in London, got a fiancee and a dog, so everything has fallen into place.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Still biting my nails.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
It was Halloween, and we were doing prank calls on Radio 1. The person in the studio before us had just had a chat with Terry Wogan, and we called his number on air by mistake. So I went, “Hello, happy Halloween” thinking it was going to be a listener, and Terry went: “Well, happy Halloween to you too.” I hung up in sheer embarrassment.
Describe yourself in three words.
Shy, kind and professional.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I can’t get rid of the belly fat and moobs.
What would your superpower be?
That I could tune in every time someone was talking about me and hear what they say.
Aside from a property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?
I splash out on holidays and scented candles – I’ve got one that my fiancee won’t let me light, so it’s just for show.
What is your most unappealing habit?
What scares you about getting older?
Mobility. My mum struggles because she has MS, and I see how difficult it is.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Lewis Capaldi. He is one of the funniest, cuddliest people you could ever meet.
Would you choose fame or anonymity?
Anonymity. I can walk down the street and go to Co-op in a way that Ant and Dec probably can’t.
To whom would you most like to say sorry and why?
Katy Perry. I hired a Russell Brand lookalike as a joke for the radio, and she thought it was actually him. When she realised it wasn’t, she burst into tears. She was still married to him, but I didn’t take into account that there were things going on that we didn’t know.
If not yourself, who would you most like to be?
When did you last cry, and why?
When I left Radio 1: full snotty sobbing on air.
What is the closest you’ve ever come to death?
I went on a private jet with David Hasselhoff, and it was so turbulent between LA and Vegas I thought it was going down. I also thought: “The headline won’t be about me; it will be: David Hasselhoff and friend.”
Would you rather have more sex, money or fame?
Probably sex because I’m not into fame and I don’t really care about money.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To not trust everyone.
Tell us a secret.
Part of my body is not my own: it’s been renewed.
Original posted at news.google.com