Gary Numan reveals rare condition

The star says he has Asperger Syndrome

Gary Numan has admitted that he may have a mild form of Asperger Syndrome.

The electro star claims that he may have had the condition since he was young, but never realised because little was known about it.

Asperger Syndrome has only been recognised by professionals for a few years and those diagnosed with the disorder are often overly sensitive to sounds, tastes, smells, and sights. A person with AS may prefer soft clothing, certain foods, and be bothered by sounds or lights no one else seems to hear or see.


These neurological differences may cause odd or unusual behaviour. Before diagnosis, those with the condition are sometimes thought of as eccentric, absent-minded, socially inept or awkward physically.

Numan told the Metro newspaper: “I’ve read a lot about it and I fulfil some of the diagnostic criteria but not others. I probably only have a mild form. It means you’re unable to interact socially in a way that is generally acceptable. For example, if people came over for dinner and I saw a magazine I hadn’t read, I’d pick it up, sit in the corner and read it – which I now know is wrong. You also don’t readily understand facial expressions. You don’t communicate in the same way.”

Numan‘s claim follows that of Vines singer Craig Nicholls, who has also been diagnosed with AS.

It was initially thought the band would never return to full-time touring again, following his diagnosis.

However the Aussie rockers recently made their live comeback with a series of UK dates in August.