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Hall & Oates Rocker: You Can't 'Comprehend' How I Lived

John Oates explains his old love life
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2020 10:00 AM CST
John Oates: You Can't 'Comprehend' My Love Life
In this July 17, 2017 file photo, John Oates performs at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz.   (Photo by Rick Scuteri]/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Well, he might just be right. John Oates, of the mega pop duo Hall & Oates, says "there's no way you can comprehend" his love life back in the day. "I'm sure it was thousands," he tells the New York Post when asked how many women he slept with. "If you didn't live through the 70s and 80s, if you weren't a rockstar during that time, there's no way you can comprehend what it was like. There were no cell phones and people taking pictures of everything you did. There was no social media." What's more, the 71-year-old says, "It was much more innocent. I used to meet girls in various towns and sort of have a relationship. I might see them and then see them six months later."

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The veteran rocker touches on other subjects, including cocaine (he and Daryl Hall didn't take the "ubiquitous" drug) and his surprise money problems. He suddenly became cash poor while owning residences in Aspen, Connecticut, and New York, as well as a slew of vintage cars. He sold it all and except the home in Aspen, where he settled down with a new wife and family: "So, in the end, it was a blessing in disguise," he says. Meanwhile, People looks back at a January interview in which Oates talked about the idea of a farewell tour. "I don't think we'd ever do a farewell tour," he said at the time. "Every farewell tour I've ever heard about didn’t turn out to be a farewell tour, so I don’t know what the hell that means." (Read more celebrity relationships stories.)

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