Belfast Telegraph

Morrissey warned me, says O'Leary

X Factor host Dermot O'Leary has revealed he bumped into Morrissey as he checked into his honeymoon hotel - and the former Smiths frontman told him his marriage would not last.

Dermot tied the knot with long-term girlfriend Dee Koppang last month in a ceremony at a church in Kent.

He said the surly singer delivered his gloomy verdict when he spotted him in the courtyard of his hotel in Rome.

In an interview for this weekend's Jonathan Ross Show on ITV1, Dermot said of his marriage: "It was just a great day and we went on honeymoon to Italy. We walked into a hotel in Rome and we dumped our bags and we came downstairs to the courtyard and had the strangest situation - David Moyes, the Everton manager, was sat over there and Morrissey was sat over there."

He approached Morrissey, whom he had previously interviewed for his BBC Radio 2 show: "I went over and I said, 'It's lovely to see you', and he said these words: 'Really? I'm sure you'd say the same thing to Barry Manilow or Gary Barlow'.

"I said, 'No it is. Morrissey, I'm here on my honeymoon', and he said, 'It won't last, these things never do'."

In an interview last year, Dermot spoke about what a disappointment it was to meet his hero. He told a newspaper: "He's an odd character: the minute I'd play a record, he'd be charm personified and when we'd cut back to our interview, he'd turn back into pantomime Morrissey."

Other guests on Jonathan's show include X Factor judges Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger.

The X Factor begins its live shows this weekend with the 12 finalists singing for survival. Viewers will also find out which of four "wildcards" has been given a second chance in the ITV1 show.


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