Morrissey has come out fighting in favour of a Yes vote in the upcoming Scottish independence referendum.

Speaking to Hot Press, 55-year-old Morrissey said: "They must cut ties with the United King-dumb. I love Scotland, and I love the Scottish spirit and they do not need Westminster in the least."

Morrissey also discussed his recent bouts of ill-health, which forced him to cancel a number of US tour dates earlier this year: "The worst was in June in Boston, when I was hospitalized with acute fever. I was delirious for six hours, talking absolute nonsense and unable to stop.

"I've never been so frightened in my life. Then, of course, you get these bitchy comments for having to cancel shows . . . I've been to so many hospitals lately that there's hardly any point in my leaving."