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'I paint a smile on, but sometimes I just want to run and hide...': Imelda May on tough times after marriage break-up

From her home in Hampshire, Imelda May talks to Barry Egan about her daughter, the major low she suffered in the summer of 2017, moving past the pain of her marriage break-up, her dog Alfie dying last week, and her new 'toy-boy' boyfriend

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Imelda May releases Slip Of the Tongue on June 12

Imelda May releases Slip Of the Tongue on June 12

Imelda May releases Slip Of the Tongue on June 12

In the summer of 2017, Imelda May toured Ireland, England, Europe and America, singing the songs from Life Love Flesh Blood every night in front of thousands of people. Those songs were from her bleak masterpiece - endorsed by Bono, who "mentored" Imelda on the album and called it a "game changer" - about the slow death of her 13-year marriage to Darrel Higham the year before.

Every night around the world on tour, Imelda would sing lines like "Inside I'm dying/Outside I'm crying" from Black Tears and, from Call Me: "Still in love with me?/ No matter how hard I hope/ No matter how hard I broke/ You still don't." The singing onstage soon gave way to a troubled inner cry for help that went unheard until Imelda picked up the phone and made an appointment with a professional.

"I wasn't in the best of places," Imelda says. "I had some tough times."