Tobias Forge: My kids are fans of Ghost

Ghost's Tobias Forge (Image credit: Harmony Gerber - Getty)

Ghost vocalist Tobias Forge has revealed that his 10-year-old twins are fans of his band.

The singer was speaking with Music Feeds (opens in new tab) about how he juggles family life with being a touring musician – and jokes that the kids like the music “so far, at least.”

Asked when his children realised what he did for a living, Forge replies: “They would have been about three years old when they realised that what I did was pretty different to all the other mums and dads of their friends. 

“When they started pre-school, we were living in a small city, so it really stood out! We live in Stockholm now, so I suppose the ceiling is a little higher in terms of the professions of the parents. 

“They have a lot more friends whose parents are in creative fields now, so it’s not as big of a deal.”

Forge adds: “They’ve responded to Ghost really well. They like the music – so far, at least! They’re very supportive, which I am incredibly thankful for. 

“As a parent, it’s important to be as transparent as possible with your kids. I want them to understand what I do and what it means.

They’ve responded to Ghost really well. They like the music – so far, at least!

Tobias Forge

"I don’t want them to always be asking why I’m away so much, or why they won’t see me for eight weeks. I want them to realise it’s not as if I’m going away on a fishing trip – this work isn’t entirely recreational.

“At the same time, I want to show them what a blessing this job can be. What many people only ever get to consider a hobby, I get to do for a living.”

Forge goes on to talk about the two sides to the music business: recording and touring, and adds: “The creative part is everything you get to do in the studio – it’s basically like playing with toys, and making shit up as you go along. 

“When you go out on tour, though, it becomes this repetitive and hugely physical labour. I love it, so it’s not labour in the negative way. At the end of the day, though, it’s still incredibly hard work.”

Ghost are the cover stars of the latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine, which is on sale now (opens in new tab).

In the magazine, Forge reveals how he masterminded one of the most unlikely success stories of the modern era, opens up about the birth of Papa Emeritus, the future of Cardinal Copia and what it's like being the most divisive man in metal.

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