Wednesday 28 September 2016

'I think there's better mugs out there!' - Hozier bemused by fan's tattoo of his face on her arm

Published 12/03/2016 | 14:19

Hozier is bemused by fan Leanne's tattoo of his head on her arm
Hozier is bemused by fan Leanne's tattoo of his head on her arm

Ryan Tubridy put Hozier on the spot on Friday night's Late Late Show with one of the singer's fans.

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The Bray singer/songwriter took part in a Q&A with some of his fans and Leanne, from Merseyside asked him via video what he would think if she had his face and autograph tattooed on her arm.

"I think there's better mugs out there!" said a bemused Hozier.

"It's incredibly flattering. I think it's whatever you're passionate about, whatever makes you happy."

Leanne then revealed she had already gone and had the tattoo done.

"I must be crazy because there you are on my arm, that's where you did your autograph for me outside the Manchester O2 Apollo, that says 'In the Wood Somewhere' because that's my favourite song.  And that's my tribute," she said.

Leanne's Hozier tattoo
Leanne's Hozier tattoo

"Thank you!  What do you say?" said a visibly bashful Hozier.

The 25-year-old star, whose debut album went eight times platinum, spoke to Ryan about a crazy two years and missing "mundane things like food, Barry's tea, little home comforts, the little rituals of everyday life."

Having toured over 200 dates in the past two years, Hozier revealed he had moments of extreme highs and also lows.

"I've never experienced such highs and such moments of tiredness on the road," he said.  "Extremes of all kinds hit you and can really knock you for six.

"We did something like over 200 shows and if you're looking at a schedule two years in advance saying you've something on Friday December 12 in two years time you can't function.  You need to take a week at a time, a day at a time."

However, despite the gruelling schedule, Hozier described his life as "the dream".

"It's one of those things where you feel like you have no choice.  When you love something so much and it's your dream, you have a choice where you don't have to do this but you feel you have no choice but to do it for yourself."

As for fame, he says he's "still getting my head around it a little bit" and "would like to keep success at arm's length".

"I think you don't want to believe you're own BS. I think I see the first album and I was blessed with the success of the first song I ever released but I have to view it as the first song I ever released - I can't view it as the be all and end all."

Check out the full interview on the RTE Player

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