In hindsight, it does seem unlikely that the famously private – some would say curmudgeonly – Van Morrison would have chosen to bugle the news that he had joined Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Rod Stewart in becoming a father again in late middle age.
Or that he would have cooed online that the child was "the spitting image of his daddy". Or, come to think of it, that Van the Man would have bestowed upon the helpless infant the name George Ivan Morrison III.
So it was not altogether surprising to discover this afternoon that, despite a slew of features and discussions on the reproductive habits of 60-something rockers over the last few days, the reports were, as Morrison himself put it, "completely and utterly without foundation".
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