Irish singer Chris De Burgh refuses to perform in his native Ireland - because his fellow countrymen are so negative towards him.

The LADY IN RED crooner horrified the mainly Catholic country in 1994 when it was revealed he had been having an affair with the family's 19-year-old nanny, while his wife DIANE was in hospital with a broken neck following a horse riding accident.

De Burgh faced such an angry backlash from Irish fans, he has resolved to never tour the country again.

He explains, "In Ireland, some people have a problem celebrating success.

"I made a decision, a few years ago, that I'd never perform there again. Why should I put up with that kind of negativity? I won't have the people I love being hurt."

13/05/2004 13:06