Shah Rukh Khan: I used to be poor, there’s nothing romantic about it

The King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan has made a bold statement about lifestyle choices in an interview with GQ magazine.

The star spoke in an interview about how he feels it’s important for people to earn a little bit of money and not to struggle when achieving their dreams and goals.

“Don’t philosophise until you’re rich first. I used to be poor, and I can tell you there’s nothing romantic about it. When young people, friends, say they want to be great creative novelists, I advise them to be a copywriter first, make a little money. Don’t be a struggling artist; be a happy one.”

So what does the world renowned superstar spend his earnings on? “It’s very important for me to smell good. I mix two fragrances – a Dunhill scent that’s only available at their London store as well as a Diptyque one. I’m not big on fashion, but I have a good eye. I don’t like wearing formal shoes, so I mostly buy sneakers. I recently picked up these pre-distressed, worn-in Golden Goose sneakers, which both my son and Ranbir Kapoor tell me are all the range.”

The 51 year old Bollywood star lost his parents at an early age and now finds himself playing with his children’s toys. “I’m 51. I lost my dad when I was 14 or 15, and my mother when I was 25. That void never gets filled. If you lose your parents too early, you have to grow up too fast. You can’t play with toys, you have to start playing in the real world. I play with my children’s toys now. People find it odd, and think perhaps I’m just a good father, but that’s not true. I’m just a father who didn’t have toys.”

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