Courtney Love, singer with Hole and widow of Kurt Cobain, says that she was subjected to taunts about Alan Partridge after her fling with Steve Coogan. Thing is - she didn't know who the fictional DJ and chat show host was.

Love had a brief relationship with Coogan in 2005 but she says she only knew him as the actor who played Factory records boss Tony Wilson in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People.

“All it was, was a couple of ***** at the Sunset Marquis and I did not know he was Alan Partridge,” she told the aptly-titled Love Magazine. “I thought he was Tony Wilson in 24 Hour Party People - someone I’d always had a daddy thing for.

“I had never seen Alan Partridge. But I was in a band with people who did know Alan Partridge, so I had to make a record with them constantly saying, ‘Back of the net!’”

Meanwhile, Coogan (47) has been hitting the publicity trial for the upcoming Partridge movie Alpha Papa which is out next week.

Coogan was vocal in his criticism of the media during the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics and was awarded £40,000 damages from the News of The World after the now defunct Sunday tabloid admitted improperly obtaining information about his fling with Love.

However, in a recent interview with Radio Times magazine, the comedian denied that doing promotional interviews meant he had made a “Faustian pact” with the press.

“When my life has been the subject of tabloid intrusion what I have never done is get engaged in justifying myself,” he said.

“Celebrities who go around apologising are pitiful and don’t do themselves any favours. My closet is empty of skeletons as a result of the press.”