James Haskell: Under The Skin interview
For most people, one hugely successful international career would be more than enough. But James Haskell isn’t most people.
After more than a decade of playing rugby union for England and some of the biggest club sides in the world, James hung up his boots only to pick up his headphones and begin a second career as an international DJ.
While James is the first to admit he was never the most talented rugby player, he still managed to rise to the top with a peerless work ethic and commitment. How hopeful is he that he can now find the same success in music as he did in sport?
To find out, Unfiltered’s editor-in-chief Joe Warner met James in Ibiza where he regularly DJs to ask him about his career highs and lows, and his achievements and regrets, as well as get his view on some of the biggest issues facing sport and society at large.
In an honest, wide-ranging and in-depth interview, and in typical forthright fashion, James doesn’t pull any punches in a conversation which covers:
Why he doesn’t look back on his past misdemeanours with regret – and how he has channeled his negative experiences into being a better person
How attending an all-boys boarding school and playing rugby left him looking at women in clubs as ‘sex objects’ – and why he would never send his daughter to a same-sex school
The frustration he felt when he was labelled a ‘misogynist’ for comments he made about women’s rugby
Why he feels sorry for the ‘morons’ who troll his wife Chloe Madeley on social media
How fatherhood has changed him and made him more emotional, and why he has cried more in the last year than the rest of his life put together
His fears for his daughter growing up is the dangerous world of social media
How ‘toxic masculinity’ is not the problem facing society – the problem is the lack of masculinity and woke culture that causes so many men to “become lost”
The unfairness of transgender athletes competing in their non-biological birth category
The dangers of performance enhancing drugs to both amateur and professional athletes