“I’ve always found it quite strange that we always like to try and define people and say this is how it is and this is how it should be.
“That’s one of the things that the internet and social media have really opened up and allowed. We’ve got to stop the nonsense now and open it up.” Apart from a short-lived romance with Colombian actress and model SOFIA VERGARA in 2003, Craig has been single for most of his career.
Craig is currently in the middle of a music renaissance.
His upcoming album The Time Is Now — out January 26 — includes collaborations with the likes of BASTILLE and JP COOPER, plus latest single Heartline.
It follows huge comeback album Following My Intuition in 2016, which came after a spell in the wilderness in Miami.
The garage legend admits he needed time away from the spotlight to rediscover himself and also write better music.
But Craig has no axe to grind with Leigh — now more familiar in the guise of Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon — insisting his comedy portrayal only enhanced his view that his music needed to improve.
Craig says: “I think a lot of people felt that it did a lot more damage than actually it had done to me.
“It’s something that at the time it had its moment but musically, underlying that, that’s why I say I always take things on the chin, it’s like I’ve got to look at what is the lesson to be learnt from this, because if I was having No1 records at the time or selling millions of records at that time, that easily could have slipped under the radar because you’re top boy, you’re doing your thing.
“But if you’re not putting the music out and connecting with people at the right time then it’s easy for it to become that mockery at that time. He adds: “I understood that at the time so it was just that little nudge to be like, ‘Do you know what? You’ve got to get back in the studio’.” And Craig’s clear proof you can build yourself back up if you work at it.