Singer/songwriter Kristeen Young has hit back at Morrissey after he blamed her for spreading an illness that sparked the cancellation of his tour, branding the statement "lies".
The U.S. musician was removed as the former The Smiths star's long-term support act last week (ends06Jun14), and Morrissey issued a statement on Tuesday (10Jun14) cancelling his remaining North American dates.
The Suedehead hitmaker insisted Young "confessed to 'a horrendous cold', the symptoms of which were passed on to Morrissey resulting in the cancellation of the next show in Atlanta", but she has since issued a furious response to the remarks.
Young is adamant she was only suffering an allergic reaction and was not to blame for others in Morrissey's camp falling ill, and the singer also alleges she did not quit and was instead asked to leave the tour.
In a statement posted on Facebook.com, Young writes, "Ok. Regarding the recent... statement from Morrissey: I did not 'confess to a horrendous cold'. On Monday, June 2nd, I had an allergy attack that was over within 16 hours. I went to a doctor (on Monday, June 2nd), an allergy specialist, who gave me drugs for allergies... and they worked. I explained this (early on Tuesday, June 3rd) and offered this doctor's phone number to Morrissey personally, via email, and the tour manager, Donnie Knutson (for proof... since they seemed to doubt me). But, they Never followed up with me or said doctor.
"Also... it is incorrect that I 'decided to leave the tour completely'. I was asked to leave. Was called (in the presence of my band as witnesses) by Morrissey's booking agent, Dave Tamaroff, and told that there would be a new support band in Boston. I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well. But I will not tolerate these lies... particularly about my health. This is really too much and bizarre."