Mick Hucknall fears he may never find love, because he is still traumatised by his mother abandoning him when he was just three years old.

The SIMPLY RED star admits it deeply affected his perception of women, and believes he will never find a wife - or experience the joys of fatherhood.

He says, "You can't underestimate what an emotional scar a mother leaving would do to somebody. I don't wallow in it and I've not had many dark days, but I've definitely had problems from not having a mother.

"A mother is a huge support to you, especially as a teenager. The insecurity based on not having a mother is quite intense. It's how you deal with it that's the issue."