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Neil Hannon in estate of grace as 11th album due for release

By Laura Abernethy

Londonderry-born singer Neil Hannon has said he has finally found his "personal foreverland" living on a country estate and helping to run an animal rescue charity.

The man behind The Divine Comedy is due to release 11th album Foreverland next month, and shared his thoughts on his love for his partner Cathy Davey and their life together in an interview.

The 45-year-old, who was born in Derry but grew up in Enniskillen, now lives on a country estate in the Republic with Davey, a number of dogs, donkeys, horses and other animals. The animals were rescued by My Lovely Horse, a charity that the couple helped to set up.

He said it was this happiness in his life that helped to inspire him to create this new album, six years on from last release, Bang Goes The Knighthood.

Speaking to The Sunday Times Culture magazine, he explained: "What's Foreverland? Well, em, obviously there's a part of me that doesn't want to tell you because I think it's important people decide for themselves in a way. It refers really to what you're after in life and that's different for different people. It could be a relationship, a place or a career ambition. It's the thing you're always aiming for, and that many people never actually attain. But it doesn't really matter, because it's the seeking that's the fun part. But yeah, I've sort of reached my personal Foreverland."

He said he's working as an "estate manager-type person" as the couple try to "stop the house falling down" but added: "I don't plan on moving again."

Foreverland will be released on September 2.

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