Rock legend Meat Loaf is joining Veganuary and ditching all animal products this month, in a bid to help the planet.
The 72-year-old singer has already been a vegetarian in the past. In 1981 he stopped eating meat for 11 years. That year, he was dining out with friends when one particular restaurant order changed his attitude to food.
He told the Mirror: "I ordered rabbit and they served it with its head on, no ears and its eyes closed.”
“I said, ‘Take this away, and I want vegetables and a salad,’ and from that moment I became vegetarian for maybe 11 years.”
He said he started eating meat again for health reasons and to lose weight.
“I stopped because I wanted to lose weight," said the rock star. "The carbohydrate diet worked to a point, I lost 30lb but it went right back on. I lost 70lb on the low-fat no-sugar diet."
“You don’t need calories, you need a lifestyle change… and less fat.”
The singer refused to change his name to Veg Loaf for January as part of a Frankie & Benny's campaign but has pledged to ditch meat and dairy products.
He told the Daily Star: "When Frankie & Benny’s first approached me to rebrand to Veg Loaf I said no way in hell. But, I’d do anything for our planet and dropping meat for veg, even for just one day a week, can make a huge difference.”