The former The Smiths frontman was enlisted as the main support act on Bowie's 1995 European tour but he quit after a handful of gigs and later blamed Bowie for trying to overshadow his performances.
Since then he has made several cutting remarks about his former hero in interviews, and Bowie fuelled the bust-up by reportedly refusing to allow permission for Morrissey to use a photograph of them together on a release last year (13).
However, Morrissey has now spoken out to insist his catty remarks about the Starman hitmaker were merely "high ribbing" and even alleges he asked Bowie to duet with him on a version of You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', but the offer was rejected.
In a question and answer session on the Truetoyou.net fansite, Morrissey writes, "When I made the (2006) record Ringleader of the Tormentors, the producer (Tony Visconti), who is a very close friend of David Bowie, tried to get both Bowie and I together to do our version of You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', with David doing the deep Bill Medley parts, and me doing the Bobby Hatfield shrieks.
"I loved this idea, but David wouldn't budge. I know I've criticised David in the past, but it's all been snotnosed junior high ribbing on my part. I think he knows that."