Shaun Ryder's Tesco drug battle, Elton on Quatar World Cup – your music gossip stop

Welcome to the Daily Gossip: your daily stop-off to find out what the stars of the music world have been up to in the tabloids and beyond, with the help of plenty of “anonymous sources”.

Today’s top gossip:

Simply Red‘s Mick Hucknall has issued an apology to the 1,000 girls he supposedly slept with in the band’s heyday. According to Hucknall, the girls “know who they are, and I’m truly sorry”. He said he now regrets his philandering ways. “Between 1985 and 1987, I would sleep with about three women a day, every day. I never said no. This was what I wanted from being a pop star. I was living the dream and my only regret is that I hurt some really good girls,” the singer added. “In fact, can I issue a public apology?” (Guardian).

From the papers:

Hot music news from the red-tops this morning (December 3): Matt Bellamy is set to become a hemp farmer. The Muse man revealed he’s bought a farm back home in Devon, which he’s planning to renovate, saying: “My long term plan is to grow industrial hemp for making paper and material.” Matt‘s also got some sheep. “I’ve got 50 ewes and two rams,” he explained. “As we speak, I’m letting the rams loose on the ewes.” We’re not quite sure this is the rock’n’roll lifestyle Matt‘s missus Kate Hudson thought she’d be letting herself in for (The Sun).

The tabloid eye has shone on rock/fashion’s star couple again: Kate Moss is apparently so keen to fall pregnant by fella Jamie Hince that she’s taking a Chinese aphrodisiac known as Horny Goat Weed (The Sun).

Alex James has got his priorities just right, we read – he asked for a cheeseboard while he DJ-ed at a MyDaily.com launch party in London (Daily Mirror).

Justin Bieber life update: he’s said his mum cancelled his phone contract after he was lippy to her once (The Sun).

Shaun Ryder I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! update: He’s given us a glimpse into his life back in Manchester. “I still can’t go to my local Tesco without being offered a line of coke,” the now-clean singer admitted.

Elton John waded into the World Cup 2022 debacle, saying it’s “a joke” to hold the competition in Quatar (Independent).

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