Outspoken, frank, deep and with dedicated fans worldwide, singer Steven Patrick Morrissey, or just ‘Morrissey’ to millions, has revealed a lot about his own colourful life in his recent memoir.
Just to scratch on the surface of what Morrissey is to millions, here are nine things everybody under 30 needs to know about the singer.
1. His love of soap
Morrissey could have been a familiar face for soap-loving coach potatoes too.
The singer, who was a fan of 'Coronation Street' and 'Eastenders', revealed in his autobiography he was once offered a role in Albert Square as Dot Cotton’s son.
He also wrote that he was offered a cameo in 'Friends' when he visited the sitcom’s set.
In his own words; “As you can imagine I turned on my heels and ran.”
2. The daffodil trend
If you’re ever struck by somebody carrying daffodils in their back pocket, they could be channelling a Morrissey-ism, debuted in the 80s when the singer would perform with a bunch of long daffodils hanging out of his back pocket.
3. His first crush
Morrissey’s first crush was The New York Dolls' Jerry Nolan. He was also the president of the New York Dolls fan club in the UK.
“They lived in New York, I lived in Manchester, they hardly ever came to England so we never met and they never sent me any communications...But I didn’t mind,” Morrissey said.
4. Morrissey in Dublin
Morrissey, whose parents were originally from Crumlin, moved to Dublin from Manchester when the Smiths split in 1987.
For months, ‘Morrissey sightings’ were a part of capital life in Ireland.
5. The world’s most famous vegetarian
Morrissey is probably one of the world’s most famous vegetarians.
He reportedly gave up eating meat at the age of eleven and once explained himself by asking why someone would eat animals if they liked animals. It has also been reported that he doesn’t like vegetables and so his diet consists of rich, dairy-based food with plenty of cream and toast.
6. His first serious relationship
Morrissey reveals in his autobiography that he didn’t have his first relationship with a guy until the mid 90s when he was 35 years of age.
He also said he once considered having a child with a woman.
7. Morrissey and NME
The 54-year-old has a deep-rooted contempt for NME magazine.
Prior to a controversial NME cover showing Morrissey draped in the Union Jack alongside the headline: "Flying the flag or flirting with disaster," the former Smiths frontman believes there was a plot at the magazine’s headquarters to "get" him and "dislodge me as an NME staple".
8. Morrissey being outspoken
Morrissey also reveals her was questioned by the Special Branch of the British police after he released ‘Margaret at the Guillotine’ as part of his first solo album.
Morrissey once said of the then-UK Prime Minister Thatcher, “She is only one person. She can be destroyed. It is the only remedy for this country at the moment.”
After Thatcher's death in April 2013, Morrissey called her "a terror without an atom of humanity”.
At a Dublin concert in June 2004, Morrissey announced the death of former US president Ronald Reagan and said he would have preferred it if it had been then-President George W Bush that had died instead.
In February 2006, Morrissey said he had been interviewed by the FBI and British intelligence after speaking out against the two governments.
9. Morrissey and a Mexican kidnapping
In 2007, he was apparently the subject of a ransom attempt by Mexican kidnappers following a gig in Tijuana. He said his driver took him down a dark road, but he and his security guard managed to abandon the car to find themselves in the middle of nowhere.