Singer Van Morrison has exclusively told RTÉ Radio’s News at One programme that his official website was hacked and a ‘statement’ that appeared on it about him fathering a child with his manager is completely untrue and ‘utterly without foundation’.

Speaking to News at One, John Saunders, a family friend of Mr Morrison's, said once claims made in the statement were brought to their attention it was removed immediately from the website. He said the reports were complete and utter fiction.

Read the full statement | Listen to John Saunders' interview

News organisations throughout the world reported the details of the fake statement, which claimed Mr Morrison’s 'American manager' named as Gigi Lee had given birth to a baby boy fathered by Mr Morrison.

The fake statement said the baby, named George Ivan Morrison III, had been born on Monday and was described as ‘the spitting image of his daddy’.

It is the second time that the singer’s website has been hacked.

Mr Morrison told RTÉ that he has asked his management team to carry out an ‘immediate investigation’ into the most recent attack, which occurred on 29 December.

In the statement, Mr Morrison said he is very happily married to Michelle Morrison.