BUZZCOCKS singer PETE SHELLEY has laughed off reports fellow punk star JOHNNY ROTTEN was in love with him in the 1970s.
He recalls, "The first time I met John was at an early Buzzcocks gig. After the show, I sat down on the floor and had a chat with him.
"During the conversation, I felt this hand go over mine and start playing with my fingers. I thought, 'Hello, this is quite interesting, seems like a nice boy.' This went on for about five minutes; then he looked down and said, 'Sorry, I thought I was stroking the curtain-rail.'
"A few years later, he came backstage and presented me with two apples and a banana. I'm still trying to work out what that was meant to signify."