Blur frontman Damon Albarn and his partner Suzi Winstanley have reportedly split after 25 years of togetherness. He burst into tears earlier this month as he and his bandmates played to 75,000 adoring fans at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The Charmless man singer never married partner Suzi, also 55, but the pair had been together since 1998 and later welcomed their daughter and only child, Missy, who is now 23. Artist Suzi is reported to have been left ‘devastated’ following her split from Damon, although the circumstances surrounding the rumoured separation remain unclear.
Suzi reportedly asked Damon to leave their home in Notting Hill, with a source claiming that the paid had been ‘living in a showbiz bubble’ but were also struggling at the same time. “Suzi is heartbroken at their relationship ending. Even though they have been living in the showbiz bubble where so many couples struggle, they had been together for a very long time. It is a really sad time for everyone involved,” they told The Mail on Sunday.
Reports say that Damon has also wrote emotional lyrics about his 25-year relationship coming to an end on Blur’s brand-new album. The album, which is titled, The Ballad of Darren, is said to have been written during the time Damon’s relationship with Suzi was ending and the singer ‘was not in the best of places’ while penning the songs, the publication reports.
In particular, one song named ‘Goodbye Albert’ appears to reference the end of a long and happy relationship as the lyrics read: “Goodbye to you and me, goodbye to the shallows like refugees singing, crossed the world, we disappeared, and no one looks to see if we are coming back soon, I was not ready yet.”
As per Mirror, Damon is reported to have ‘quietly’ moved out of the couple’s home in Notting Hill, West London, a number of months ago and although he attempted to continue on as normal in the wake of the band’s mega comeback after an eight-year hiatus, his tears were evident as the band took to the stage at Wembley Stadium earlier this month.
After belting out Blur’s 2012 hit Under The Westway, Damon broke down in tears and sobbed on his knees as his 75,000 loyal fans cheered him on thinking that his tears were merely due to the fact he was finally back on stage doing what he loved – not knowing that he could have been going through emotional turmoil following his split from Suzi.
Damon is said to have been heavily supported by his Blur bandmates Alex James, Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree behind the scenes and those nearest and dearest to him ‘still hold out hope’ that he and Suzi will reunite one day, but for now, a reconciliation is ‘off the cards’.