Steven Patrick Morrissey Apologises for 'Difficult' Interview


Rocker Morrissey has issued an apology after repeatedly clashing with British radio presenter Dermot O'leary during an interview.

The former The Smiths frontman, Steven Patrick Morrissey recorded a chat with Dermot O'leary which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday.

During the interview, he branded the recent royal wedding "dreadful" and criticised other BBC presenters before making a series of prickly comments about O'Leary, telling listeners, "He doesn't listen - he gets paid all this money."

He also told the presenter, "There is just something about your face that says 'Please lie to me and I will believe you'", prompting O'Leary to later tell the singer, "(You need to) listen and not just wait for your chance to talk."

The interview ended with a tense exchange in which O'Leary said, "It's been really difficult but I've enjoyed it", with Morrissey replying, "You don't rule the world, Dermot."

Morrissey has now issued a statement apologising for his attitude during the interview and admitting he was in a "foul mood" following the royal wedding and the death of punk icon Poly Styrene last week.

He writes, "I'm sorry I made the (Dermot) O'Leary radio interview so difficult but I was in a foul mood, having spent a full week surrounded by the royal dreading (sic). England may very well be a Windsor dictatorship, but - PR Weddings aside, it is usually quite bearable..."

"During the week of the royal dreading, Poly Styrene died. Having made an enormous contribution to British art and sound - at a desperate time when so many of us needed her - Poly Styrene's death was all but ignored by the British television news media, who instead rained hours and hours of blubbering praise onto Kate Middleton - a woman about whom nothing is known on a personal level. The message is clear, What you achieve in life means nothing compared to what you are born into. Is this Syria?"


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