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Cliff Richard and Tom Jones to support Morrissey

Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones have been lined up as the unusual support acts for Morrissey when the former Smiths frontman performs two concerts in the US.

Morrissey will play two US dates with supporting acts Cliff Richard and Tom Jones Credit: PA

Morrissey announced that Sir Cliff would be his "special guest" at a concert in New York in June, with a performance with Sir Tom in Los Angeles the month before.

Richard said that he initially asked his manager if the request was a joke, but was told that the controversial Mancunian is a fan of the Living Doll singer.

Read: Morrissey's memoir tops book chart

Speaking to told BBC Radio 5live, Richard said: "I said, 'my initial answer is yes but can you check it's not a joke? Is there an ulterior motive?' He got hold of Morrissey's management and he said 'no, Morrissey's a fan and he'd like you to be there.' So I said 'yes please.'

"The chances of me singing for 15,000 people in New York are pretty well nil for me at the moment anyway. So I thought it would be great."

Read: Morrissey reveals first relationship was in his mid-30s

The 73-year-old said he was grateful to Morrissey, but admitted he would struggle to name any of his hits: "I couldn't tell you the titles. I've just googled him to see what kinds of crowds he plays to and what sort of show he did. I'm thinking, okay, it looks like a pop-rock show."

Morrissey's memoir tops book chart

Morrissey, pictured, discloses details on his first relationship with a man in the memoir. Credit: Adam Ihse / TT

Morrissey's memoir has outsold the latest Bridget Jones novel to top the best seller charts in its first week.

The paperback, called "Autobiography" and published by Penguin Classics, sold just short of 35,000 copies according to sales figures in trade magazine The Bookseller after its release on Thursday.

Helen Fielding's new Bridget Jones novel, Mad About the Boy, sold around 32,000 copies.

Morrissey's book sees the famously private chart star disclose details of how his first relationship with a man came in his 30s and grumble at length about the injustices of a court case about the royalties from his former band The Smiths.

Read more: Morrissey reveals first relationship was in his mid-30s

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Morrissey donates £10k to anti-foie gras campaign

Morrissey has donated £10,000 to an anti-foie gras campaign after Channel 4 compensated the singer for using one of his songs without permission in an advert for a Gordon Ramsay show.

The prominent vegetarian is entirely funding the campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) which opposes the sale of the luxury food at Fortnum & Mason in central London.

Morrissey has donated £10,000 to an anti-foie gras campaign. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Foie gras is the swollen liver of a goose or duck which has been enlarged through the animals being force-fed grain.

The former Smiths singer, who previously released an album titled 'Meat Is Murder', said:

"Ramsay may very well stick his head in his microwave when he hears that the money I received from Channel 4 because one of my songs was used to promote his Christmas show is being donated to Peta to fight foie gras.

"Foie gras is so cruelly produced that he'd be against it if he had an ethical bone in his body."

Morrissey tells Dermot O'Leary his marriage 'won't last'

Dermot O'Leary and Dee Koppang
Dermot O'Leary and Dee Koppang Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

X Factor host Dermot O'Leary has revealed he bumped into Morrissey as he checked into his honeymoon hotel - and the former Smiths frontman told him his marriage would not last.

O'Leary tied the knot with long-term girlfriend Dee Koppang last month in a ceremony at a church in Kent.

He said the surly singer delivered his gloomy verdict when he spotted him in the courtyard of his hotel in Rome.

In an interview for tonight's Jonathan Ross Show on ITV1, O'Leary said he approached Morrissey, whom he had previously interviewed for his BBC Radio 2 show: "I went over and I said, 'It's lovely to see you', and he said: 'Really? I'm sure you'd say the same thing to Barry Manilow or Gary Barlow'.

"I said, 'No it is. Morrissey, I'm here on my honeymoon', and he said, 'It won't last, these things never do'."

File photo of Morrissey
File photo of Morrissey Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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