TABLOID HELL – JANUARY 9

We're stunned by the Blatt baiting here at NME.COM - she's always been our favourite...

As the ancient proverb goes, those who live by the tabloid will surely die an undignified and slow death via the same means. Or so it appears in the case of the ALL SAINTS.

According to a front page splash in the Daily Star this morning, the seemingly affable Saint Mel is actually a “bitch”, and is responsible “for the break-up of one of Britain’s most popular bands”.

According to an “inside source”, “Mel comes across as nice, but she’s been the bitch. She has a nasty streak. I just feel bad for the rest of the band that it’s come to this.”

And today’s other gossip columns are dominated by the Saints, all looking to Blatt as the main reason for the split.

Aside from covering the imminent demise of the All Saints in great detail, The Mirror’s ever-reliable 3am Girls are keen to reveal that Ronan Keating’s wife became pregnant in the Far East. They suggest the couple should follow the example of the Beckhams and name the sprog after its place of conception. Hilariously, it would be called Hong Kong Keating.

Which leaves The Sun, who tell us that George Michael has recently entered hospital in the US to have a “secret” operation on his back. Apparently, he has suffered problems since the early days of Wham! .

No back problems for Madonna, but she is “embarrassed” that an autograph shop in LA is selling a booklet with handwritten lyrics from her ‘Erotica’ album. Now she’s a mum, that period is apparently best left in the closet…

Until tomorrow, gossiphounds…