Monday 27 February 2017

Why Van and Michelle live their hymns to silence

The biggest shock of the week was the first confirmation that reclusive Van Morrison had married his partner Michelle Rocca, writes Barry Egan

THE biggest surprise last week was the confirmation for the first time that Van and Michelle had got married. We also found out that Michelle Rocca had changed her name to Michelle Morrison. And that they had two children.

How did we know all this? It was confirmed by the famously private singer in a statement. "For the avoidance of all doubt and in the interests of clarity," he said, "I am very happily married to Michelle Morrison with whom I have two wonderful children."

So the year ended with the oracle breaking his history of silence. The difficult and enigmatic east Belfast recluse who never speaks about his private life finally spoke up about it.

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