It’s not easy being Green

Professor Green on stage at the MTV crashes Derry concert
Professor Green on stage at the MTV crashes Derry concert

Professor Green is having a terrible time of it lately.

Given his image as a rapid-firing rapper with a pithy one-liner about some celebrity or other always on the tip of his tongue, and a troublesome past he’s talked about at length, you might think the things bothering him at the moment were slightly less wholesome than they are.

This week, however, it’s his dogs and his new lawn driving him up the wall.

“£980 I paid for that turf, including the laying of it,” he says, exasperated.

“I have to water it for an hour a day and no one is allowed to walk on it.

“And we’ve just got the dogs back from the kennel, so they’re all over the place. And Millie’s away this week, so I’m doing it all on my own...” he trails off.

Indeed, his beloved dogs have just returned after a few months being looked after elsewhere. He is nearing the end of a renovation in south London, which has gone on longer than expected and cost more than he and wife Millie Mackintosh, the former

Maybe Green, real name Stephen Manderson, should hire an assistant? “I don’t think I could 
afford it after the amount we’ve spent on the house,” he says. “In any case, I like doing all this stuff, the laundry and walking the dogs and all of that. Sweeping the leaves is doing my head in though. We haven’t had enough dry days, so they’re not easy to get up.”

He says he’s a natural pessimist but credits Millie with being an optimist, so together they balance each other out.

As a vocal campaigner for mental health and anxiety awareness, having been a sufferer of both, he is aware of the pitfalls that are so easy to fall into. Earlier this year, he wrote a powerful article for the