They had already released three albums when 19-year-old Enya joined the group on backing vocals and keyboards in 1980. Two years later they had a worldwide hit with The Theme To Harry’s Game.
That same year, Enya sensationally quit. The divisive move was already made difficult by the close family ties but the band’s manager NIcky Ryan and his lyricist wife Roma left with Enya.
In 2015 Enya told The Express: “You make it sound very dramatic, like I was kidnapped or something!”
She explained that she had needed independence: “I was very strong in that regard. Anything that I thought of, any step I had to take had to be my own step.
“Every decision is my decision and that comes from being at boarding school at 11 years of age.
“When you’re in a big family, your older brothers and sisters make all the decisions. Then suddenly I found myself at school, hearing my own voice saying ‘What would you like to do?’ So I got very used to that.”
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At the same time, while she has given select interviews over the years, the artist has never chased personal fame or attention.
She said: “I always felt fame and success were two different things. When people heard Orinoco Flow they didn’t know, was it a band, was it a singer, who was it? They enjoyed the music. So it felt to me I don’t really need to flaunt it, to sell the music.
“It’s portrayed like I’m a recluse because I don’t do any interviews other than the promotional ones but that’s because I want the focus to remain on the music.”
She renamed it Manderley Castle after the famous home in her favourite book, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.
Enya spent seven years renovating the spectacular property and also installing considerable security measures. The intense nature of her music and her own mysteriously elusive character have given rise to experiences with stalkers.
In July 2012 there was a break-in and then days later and intruder entered the home for two hours, tied up the staff and opened the safe. Enya fled to a panic room and called the police from there.
Enya said: “I don’t physically sit on my own, in silence, I was just saying sometimes it’s great to not have any noise factor. You know?
“There are times when with family, friends, relationships, it’s very difficult because I do need space. You want both worlds. You want the solitary moments to welcome the music but I’m very much within a family, a very social person, it’s just I do it privately.”
The star has admitted though that she struggles to trust in relationships and has never been publicly linked with a partner.
Instead she splits her time between her castle and a home in South of France (and a reported 12 cats), waiting for her muse to strike again.
Her last album was 2015’s Dark Sky Island, which followed seven years after 2008’s And Winter Came.
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