Robert Smith, the enigmatic leader of The Cure, has been discussing what he believes to be an “imaginary feud” with Morrissey and indie darlings The Smiths.
While Smith plays down the topic of conversation, he and the former frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey, have never particularly seen eye to eye. The verbal sparring, it would seem, has been going back and forth since 1984 which was kicked off with vitriol from Morrissey’s side, rather than from The Cure man.
However, in a new interview with The Sunday Times journalist Jonathan Dean, Robert Smith moved to distance any potential issue between himself and Morrissey, stating: “With Morrissey, I got a flurry of [backlash from the public]. And I thought, ‘what does it matter?’ This imaginary feud that happened 20 years ago,” Smith said.
“I didn’t really like The Smiths particularly,” Smith added in conversation with Dean. “They were competition for a very brief period. But more than that, I didn’t connect with it. I didn’t dislike them on a personal level – I didn’t know them.”
Concluding: “It never really got to me and then in later years it was this set up and I thought ‘why?’ And so since then I’ve realised how easily these things can spiral because people want it to be something. They’re desperate for it to be some sort of soap opera.”
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