With Christmas fast approaching, the 45-year-old spoke exclusively to HELLO! Fashion and revealed what he will be doing this Christmas to wind down...
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Do you spend your Christmas in Los Angeles or Scotland?
This Christmas was the first year in 13 years I hadn't made it home. But, I spent two and a half hours on the phone with all of those 15 people because they were all put on the phone one by one! Normally, I'm always home in Scotland for Christmas.
Describe your perfect Christmas Day.
When I was a kid, we always used to go to my Aunt May's house for Christmas. If somebody turned around to me and said, 'We aren’t going to your Aunt May's house this year', I would throw a fit, because I looked forward to that experience all year!
Do you indulge over the Christmas period?
Whenever I go home, I eat very well, but at Christmas, it just gets ridiculous. We all pig out, sit around, play games and watch a lot of TV and films. So yeah, I splurge over the festive season.
Gerard revealed that he prefers to head home to Scotland for Christmas
Do you celebrate Christmas in a traditional way?
We always try and have a traditional family get together. There are normally 12 to 15 of us, and we all just have Christmas lunch and dinner. We all get together at my Mum's house, so everyone comes up to the Highlands in Scotland.
Do you host Christmas parties?
I have done in the past, but when I go back to Scotland, it's always the family – they're the ones hosting me! A lot of my time is spent catching up with the few hundred relatives that I have spread out over the country.
Are you an organised Christmas Shopper?
Throughout the year if I see something and think, 'Oh, that would be good', I just get it early. Or, somebody drops a hint, which they often do. Something like, 'Oh my god, that little diamond ring' – my Mum will talk about that, and I'll get it ahead of time. Other than that it's normally a last minute Christmas shopping dash. I often find myself at my Mum's house and she's helping me wrap my last Christmas presents!
"I love the fragrance the second I put it on," said Gerard. "It’s the finishing touch."What scent reminds you of Christmas?
When you're outside and it's really fresh up in the Highlands – it's snowing and it's cold. That's the smell that reminds me of Christmas. It's at that time of year that I'm always home in Scotland in the winter, so that feels very Christmassy.