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26 October 2018, 12:45 | Updated: 28 February 2019, 14:21
Rick Astley was one of the biggest popstars on the planet in the late 1980s.
Thanks to his cute face, his baritone voice and catchy hits, he scored several hits and remains hugely popular to this day (particularly thanks to a certain internet meme).
Here's everything you need to know about the 'Never Gonna Give You Up' star.
Richard Paul Astley was born on February 6, 1966 in Lancashire, England.
He celebrates his 53rd birthday in 2019.
He is the fourth child of his family. His parents divorced when he was five, and Rick was brought up by his father.
However, he remained in very close contact with his mother, who lived a few houses away from his father. After finding out that his father was the one who kicked his mother out, Rick distanced himself from his father.
Rick Astley is best known for his hit song 'Never Gonna Give You Up'. The single was released in 1987 and won Best British Single at the 1988 BRIT Awards. It even topped the US singles chart.
The song has since gone on to become an internet favourite thanks to the 'Rickrolling craze', when a video or link claims to be about a certain subject, only for it to be the video for the catchy track.
His other hits include 'Whenever You Need Somebody', 'When I Fall in Love', 'Together Forever' and 'She Wants to Dance with Me'.
Rick Astley is married to Lene Bausager. The pair met when Lene was working as a promoter with RCA in 1988.
Lene is also a film producer and was nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Cashback.
Rick and wife Lene have a daughter, Emilie, who was born in 1992.
The family lives in Richmond, London.
Rick Astley released a new single and album titled Beautiful Life in the summer of 2018.
He will be following up his new music with a tour next year.
Rick said of the album: "In the midst of all this madness, I just went back into my little home studio because that’s what I love to do. It’s my refuge really. I was tinkering about with bits and pieces and before you know it, I was making a new record."
Following the success of his new album Beautiful Life, Astley is doing a UK tour titled #BeautifulLife Tour.
He will perform at different venues across the UK and Ireland between October 2018 and June 2019.