Manic Street Preachers’ bassist Nicky Wire has expressed deep regret over the abhorrent comments he made regarding R.E.M.’s frontman Michael Stipe in 1993.
In a violent outburst of abuse, Wire stated that he wished that Stipe would die of AIDS, remarking: “[I wish he would] go the same way as Freddie Mercury.”
However, in a recent interview with MOJO Magazine, the Manic Street Preachers musician has expressed deep regret and blamed the comments on his excessive alcohol intake at the time.
“I’m always dubious about people who say they have no regrets,” he told MOJO. “I have millions. I deeply regret some mad things, just awful things I said. Spiteful things.”
Adding, “And I haven’t got any excuse. Sometimes I was absolutely hammered on Babycham and vodka. You do forget how much drink can alter you.”
He also added that his teenage children are quick to hand out his comeuppance for his previous comments, stating: “My daughter really loves to pick these things up. At the dinner table, she’ll say, ‘You can’t talk Dad. Look at what you said in 1992. Look what you said in ’94…’.”
Wire might have a million regrets but an OBE isn’t one of them, having also recently commented that he would rather stab his eyes out with a pencil than accept a royal honour.