Simply Red lothario Mick Hucknall has been named as the reason why disgraced soccer star George Best has left his young wife ALEX.

George - who has fought a long-running, highly publicised battle with alcohol - furiously split from Alex after hearing she had been seduced by the flame-haired singer, and feels he is now free to enjoy his current romance with single mother GINA DEVIVO.

The legendary sportsman, 57, father of male model CALUM, has rallied at the singer after he was reportedly shown pictures of her leaving Hucknall's house.

Best shrugs, "We both know Mick. We have been to parties at his house as a couple. At my lowest point I would listen to his recent album all the time.

"It is a bitter irony this has happened now. Alex told me about it - she stayed overnight at his house. I have thrown his CD away.

"I don't care if she has a relationship with him. I know he's a notorious sh**ger but so am I. I have already seen my solicitors about getting a divorce.

"I admit that I've let Alex down. I've told her that she can have what she wants in the settlement. I don't need anything. I'm fine as I am."

21/09/2003 21:01