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James Blunt is willing to risk making enemies, as he demonstrated with his newly published memoirs in which he reveals run-ins with fellow musicians such as Sir Mick Jagger, Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher. Now, the former Household Cavalry officer has pop superstar Adele in his crosshairs.
Blunt, 49, an alumnus of £50,500-per-year Harrow School, has blasted Adele, 35, who grew up with her single mother in a flat above a shop in South London, for cancelling concerts in the past with less than 24 hours' notice, leaving many fans who had already paid for hotels and travel out of pocket.
'I think she should have turned up,' Blunt tells broadcaster Matt Everitt during a talk at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster, where the You're Beautiful singer was promoting his book. 'People came across the world, paid good money, booked hotel rooms.'
James Blunt performs at BBC Radio 2 In The Park 2023 at Victoria Park on September 16, 2023
Mick Jagger (L) and Ronnie Wood, attend a football match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Barcelona on October 28
In 2017, Adele cancelled two shows she was due to perform at Wembley Stadium, having damaged her vocal cords. She posted a tearful video on social media soon after midnight on the day of the first concert, in which she declared: 'To say I'm heartbroken would be a complete understatement.'
Everitt, a BBC Radio 6 presenter, praised Adele's managers for not making her perform the Wembley gigs, suggesting it was a sign of progress in the music business. 'There's a more of a duty of care with musicians now, like when Adele cancelled two shows at Wembley stadium and, clearly they recognised she needed a break,' he says, adding: 'Ten years before that, they [managers] would have been, like, 'No, go and do the show'
Blunt has previously joked about a rivalry with Adele. When she announced the release date of her album 30 in 2021, he remarked online: 'Watch how fast that date changes the moment she realises my album is out the same day.'
Adele performs on stage as American Express present BST Hyde Park in Hyde Park on July 1, 2022 in London
Noel Gallagher performs on The Pyramid Stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2022
Joss Stone spent millions buying herself out of a record contract, so perhaps that explains why the pop star got married last week in a wedding dress that cost her less than £100.
'I bought a white summer dress from ASOS ages ago,' she tells me at the first night of The Time Traveller's wife at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End, for which she has written the music and lyrics with Eurythmics star Dave Stewart. 'It literally cost me £70 and it came in the post and was tagged 'bridal'. Luckily, I can still fit into it after having two kids.'
The Devon-born singer, 36, exchanged vows with Cody DaLuz, 32, an American musician, in Nashville, Tennessee. She decided to get married after a wedding bouquet thrown at the end of the musical's first act recently landed