Neil Hannon has reacted angrily to accusations that the split of The Divine Comedy was down to financial, rather than creative reasons.

Hannon has said he thinks it will be better for him as a songwriter to work alone. He said, " I stand by 'Regeneration' and think it contains some of our best work, but it is time for a change of emphasis. This is, I believe, my prerogative, as I write the songs."

Hannon added, "What I want to do is make some more music and see if it sounds like The Divine Comedy and if not, not call it that. I just want to have that freedom."

"I kind of missed the wilderness years y'know, my attic years when I kind of built things up from scratch myself....I don't know why I missed it, I just had this horrible feeling at the pit of my stomach that I needed to squeeze it all away. It's not nice for everybody else, but there you go."