Statement appears online

The NME have issued an apology to Morrissey over an interview it published back in 2007.

It's been one of the defining moments in Morrissey's recent history. Marking his resurgence with a renewed NME love in, the singer was appalled to read a 2007 article based around an interview he had given the magazine.

Seeming to suggest that he was racist, the singer began libel proceedings against the NME. The case is set to reach court this summer, although the magazine appear to have pre-empted this by publishing an apology online.

Appearing on a few moments ago, the statement reads as follows:

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In December 2007, we published an article entitled 'Morrissey: Big mouth strikes again'.

Following this, Morrissey began proceedings for libel against us. His complaint is that we accused him of being a racist off the back of an interview which he gave to the magazine. He believes the article was edited in such a way that made him seem reactionary.

We wish to make clear that we do not believe that he is a racist; we didn’t think we were saying he was and we apologise to Morrissey if he or anyone else misunderstood our piece in that way. We never set out to upset Morrissey and we hope we can both get back to doing what we do best.

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Morrissey has yet to respond.

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