Morrissey cancels tour as his bizarre relationship with Kristeen Young gets weirder


Morrissey (Jorge Saenz/AP)

Morrissey fans are not strangers to his concert cancellations, or news about his weird relationship with his frequent opening act, Kristeen Young. Somehow on Tuesday, both topics converged as Morrissey announced that he’s scrapping the rest of the dates on his U.S. tour and blamed it on catching a cold from Young.

A statement on Morrissey fan site True to You says he was rushed to the hospital after a show in Boston this weekend and diagnosed with acute fever. “Difficulties had arisen on May 31st following Kristeen Young’s opening set at the Miami Knight Concert Hall, after which Kristeen confessed to ‘a horrendous cold,’ the symptoms of which were passed on to Morrissey,” the statement read, adding that Young “was asked to step down from the immediate upcoming shows, but instead she decided to leave the tour entirely.”

Young reportedly adamantly denied this in a Facebook post; it’s now deleted. According to the Guardian, Young wrote that she was treated for an allergy attack in Miami, recovered from it, and was in fact still kicked off the tour. “This is really too much and bizarre,” she wrote.

This is not the first time that Morrissey and Young have had a strange falling-out. The former Smiths frontman adapted the unknown singer-songwriter as his protege back in 2006, and shortly after, invited her to open for his tour. She was fired from the tour in 2007 after an opening set in New York City, where she told the crowd something that we can’t really republish here about Morrissey’s sexual prowess.

Young later defended the comments in a blog post, writing: “They were metaphorical and overstated to make an artistic point. The ‘offending’ statement, in particular, was in no way a literal statement, and was very much in keeping with the tone of my writing in general.” (In a Village Voice profile last year, she said she doesn’t like to talk about the incident, saying “The whole thing was so traumatic.”)

However, the two made up a few years later and had nothing but good things to say about each other. In 2011, she was invited to go on tour with Morrissey again. So everything seemed fine until apparently now, as he’s accused her of getting him extremely ill.

At this point, Morrissey is also known for canceling concerts because of various ailments. Since 2007, those have included throat problems; a bleeding ulcer; Barrett’s esophagus; double pneumonia; and food poisoning. There have also been visa issues and in the case of his South American tour, “lack of funding.”

Last year, he famously bailed on a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” appearance because the fellow guests that night were cast members from “Duck Dynasty.” Morrissey, a long-time animal rights activist, explained, “I can’t take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers.”

Though it probably doesn’t help the disappointment of people who buy tickets to his concert, even Morrissey himself knows that it has become a trend.

“I fully realize that the word ‘cancellation’ in every known dictionary is followed by my own name, but no morale drops as low as my own at the mere suggestion of re-jigging shows,” he wrote in a post last year. “I sincerely ask for your pardon and your understanding.”

Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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