Guitarist Johnny Marr has responded to Morrissey after his former Smiths band mate called him out for "mentioning him in interviews", and suggesting, "it's as if you can’t uncross your own legs without mentioning me".
In a long and acerbic post on the Morrissey Central website on Tuesday, the singer wrote, "This is not a rant or an hysterical bombast. It is a polite and calmly measured request: Would you please stop mentioning my name in your interviews?
"Would you please, instead, discuss your own career, your own unstoppable solo achievements and your own music? If you can, would you please just leave me out of it?"
Morrissey, who was in The Smiths with Marr between 1982 and 1987 before a famously acrimonious split, added, "The fact is: you don’t know me. You know nothing of my life, my intentions, my thoughts, my feelings. Yet you talk as if you were my personal psychiatrist with consistent and uninterrupted access to my instincts."
Dear @officialmoz . An 'open letter' hasn’t really been a thing since 1953, It’s all ‘social media’ now. Even Donald J Trump had that one down. Also, this fake news business…a bit 2021 yeah ?#makingindiegreatagain— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) January 26, 2022
Marr (58) has now taken to Twitter to tackle Morrissey, writing: "An 'open letter’ hasn’t really been a thing since 1953, It’s all ‘social media’ now. Even Donald J Trump had that one down. Also, this fake news business… a bit 2021 yeah?"
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In a separate Instagram post, Marr, who releases his new solo album Fever Dreams Pt 1-4 in late February, posted a picture of himself lounging in a hammock in the sea.
In his post, Morrissey (62) also said, "You found me inspirational enough to make music with me for 6 years.
"If I was, as you claim, such an eyesore monster, where exactly did this leave you? Kidnapped? Mute? Chained? Abducted by cross-eyed extraterrestrials? It was YOU who played guitar on 'Golden Lights' - not me."
He added, "Yes, we all know that the British press will print anything you say about me as long as it’s cruel and savage. But you’ve done all that. Move on. It’s as if you can’t uncross your own legs without mentioning me.
"Our period together was many lifetimes ago, and a lot of blood has streamed under the bridge since then. There comes a time when you must take responsibility for your own actions and your own career, with which I wish you good health to enjoy. Just stop using my name as click-bait."
He signed off: "Please stop. It is 2022, not 1982."
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Marr has often been reluctant and even prickly when he is asked about Morrissey in interviews, preferring to move on from a band he left nearly 35 years ago but in a recent interview he said that the reason why he’s not close with his former friend is because they are "so different".
"It’s a simplistic way of putting it, but one of the reasons I’ve been in so many bands was because I wanted to be loyal to them," Marr told Uncut magazine.
"It won’t come as any surprise when I say that I’m really close with everyone I’ve worked with - except for the obvious one.
"And that isn’t that much of a surprise because we’re so different, me and Morrissey. But all of these different musicians, I can pick up the phone to anyone, and just pick up from where we left off."
Marr last played in Ireland in 2018 on the same day he unveiled a plaque to himself in Athy honouring his Irish roots.
The plaque, which forms part of the Made in Athy project, was unveiled by the guitarist on Emily Square in the Kildare town and he told RTÉ that it was a "beautiful" visit.
"It's kind of almost overwhelming seeing these faces that have turned out, and some of them look like me as well which is kind of amazing." he said.