Singer Morrissey has received an official apology from NME editors after he complained about an article printed in the British music magazine which allegedly portrayed him as a racist.
The former The Smiths star is suing the publication, alleging quotes he gave in a 2007 interview were "altered" to make him sound prejudiced.
Now bosses have moved to make amends, despite the rocker previously rejecting the offer of an apology on the Nme website.
A statement released via Nme.com on Tuesday (12Jun12) reads, "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."
In May (12), a representative for the Suedehead hitmaker claimed the offer of an apology was turned down as it was "disproportionate to the damage done to Morrissey by the Nme magazine itself".
A hearing into the matter is scheduled to take place in London's High Court next month (Jul12).