Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall has denied sleeping with 3,000 women, claiming that the interview where he revealed the amount of women he had bed, was taken ‘wildly out of context’.
The Fairground singer, 59, who now lives in Surrey and has been married for almost a decade, admitted that he had ‘no idea’ how many women he slept with.
Speaking candidly to The Sunday Times, the singer, who has dated Catherine Zeta Jones and Helena Christensen, revealed that when he said: ‘In the crazy days, it was screaming girls everywhere and it felt like you were sleeping with three women a day,’ – that it wasn’t a literal number.
However, the singer, did admit to living a playboy lifestyle when his career was at its peak, which involved ‘a lot of’ alcohol and drugs.
Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, pictured here in London in 1999, was reported to have claimed that he slept with three women a day for three years
However the singer who has been married to Gabriella Wesberry, who he is pictured with in London in 2017, for almost a decade, claimed that his comments were taken out of context
He went on to say in the frank interview that his past confessions were ‘conflated’.
When he’s asked what the real number he has said: ‘I have no idea. I don’t put chips on the bedposts. I haven’t a clue and have never thought about calculating.’
However he also went on to admit that despite his fame and many career highs he was unhappy – and this led him to partying hard between 1996 and 1999. But he knew that his lifestyle had to stop – otherwise he would face burnout.
‘I realised I couldn’t go on like this this, rolling out of night clubs at 4am every morning, week on week, basically wandering around like a playboy,’ he admitted.
Mick, left, with band mates from Simply Red, claimed that what he said was not ‘literally’ what he meant and that parts of the interview were ‘conflated’
While discussing his love life in 2010 Hucknall said that he was ‘living the dream’ and that his ‘only regret is that I hurt some really good girls’
He admits that he tried Heroin when he was a student and admitted that ‘much like every other musician – I have tried everything’. However he called it a ‘pointless’ drug.
He went on to reveal that he enjoyed the lifestyle for a while, but it got ‘boring’ – and instead he wanted to find something with more meaning.
The singer now lives with his wife Gabriella Wesberry, who he tied the knot with at Forter Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, almost a decade ago.
The pair have a daughter together, called Romy True, who was born in 2007 and they live together in his Surrey mansion with their dog.
He went on to reveal that he enjoyed the lifestyle for a while, but it gets ‘boring’ – and instead he wanted to find something with more meaning
The singer admits in the interview that his drinking and diet habits have changed – and two days a week he becomes a vegetarian and even holds back on the wine.
While discussing his love life in 2010, Hucknall famously said: ‘Between 1985 – 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.’
It was the latest calculation surrounding speculation over his love life, stemming from a 2000 interview with the Scottish Daily Record.
The singer now lives with his wife Gabriella Wesberry (right) who he tied the knot with at Forter Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, almost a decade ago
Mick and hios wife Gabriella at The Spectator summer party in Westminster in 2015
At that time he told the publication, ‘I’m not married, so I can sleep with whoever I want’, and that, as his mother left when he was a three years old, he ‘treats girls as mates you can have sex with’.
A documentary in 2004, entitled ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him?’ added to the speculation after it claimed that the singer had slept with more than 4,000 women.
In 2012 he tried to correct the figure, telling the Irish Independent: ‘If you actually take a look at what I said in the infamous interview and what the editor introduced, you can see that they are slightly different.
‘I didn’t apologise to 3,000 women. The 3,000 wasn’t my figure. That was the editor’s figure.’
His revelations comes as the band, formed in Manchester in the 1980s, releases their first new album in four years, entitled Blue Eyed Soul.