It seems The NME have their tail firmly between their legs this afternoon, as the publication has apologised to Morrissey about their 2007 article entitled 'Morrissey: Big mouth strikes again', where the singer was painted out to be a bit racist.

The case against the publication was set to hit the courts this summer, but it seems NME are looking to try and get out of it by apologising.


"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."

Update:

The NME have issued the following statement, following Morrissey's case being settled outside of court:

"NME is pleased that it has buried the hatchet with Morrissey in respect of the libel case he brought against us. Morrissey sued over an article based on interviews with him which he believed accused him of racism.

"After an on-going dialogue with Morrissey and his representatives, NME today publishes a clarification in the magazine and online which makes it clear that we do not believe we ever called Morrissey a racist and nor do we believe he is. We have said sorry to Morrissey for any misunderstanding that may have arisen."