Morrissey’s Regret About His Ongoing Feud With The Cure’s Robert Smith

Describing the relationship between The Cure’s Robert Smith and The Smiths’ Morrissey as anything less than contentious would be an understatement. The conflicts between the two have continued since 1984, and any chance of them becoming friends still seems unlikely. But The Smiths rocker seems to have some regrets about the feud.

How Did The Feud Start?

The beef between Smith and Morrissey originated when Smith learned about comments Morrissey made during a 1984 interview with The Face. In the interview, the interviewer posed a hypothetical scenario, asking Morrissey who would be the first to die if he had a loaded gun and was in a room with Mark E. Smith of The Fall and Robert Smith. Morrissey, responding coldly, stated that he would ‘line them up so one bullet penetrated both simultaneously.’

The feud continued with Smith’s words about Morrissey being a vegetarian and stating that if he asked people not to eat meat, he would eat meat, and that was how much he hated Morrissey.

Morrissey’s Regrets On the Feud

Despite their feud, it seems that Morrissey has acknowledged his mistake. He even went on to apologize to The Cure singer. In an interview on Morrissey Central, the singer opened up about the feud and clarified he did not mean to say those words:

“Oh, I never make my regrets small… if I can help it. Robert Smith. I said some terrible things about him 35 years ago… but I didn’t mean them… I was just being very Grange Hill. It’s great when you can blame everything on Tourette’s syndrome.”

How Robert Smith Reacted to Morrissey’s Comments

After Morrissey’s comments, the rocker sat down to chat with NME, where he was asked whether or not he had heard the comments of The Smiths singer. Smith clarified that he was aware of the comments, but was also curious since he never understood the point of the beef between them:

“It was brought to my attention, yeah. It was slightly odd as I haven’t really had it at the forefront of my consciousness over the last 20 or 30 years. I don’t know. Even at the time I never quite understood what the problem was. It’s far from important now.”

Though the two did not directly apologize to each other, it’s uncertain whether or not they would become friends anytime soon.