It almost sounds too bizarre to be true, but Bez apparently turned down a night with Julia Roberts back in the 90s.
Well, that’s according to Shaun Ryder anyway.
The Happy Mondays frontman revealed the golden nugget of information during an appearance on ITV’s This Morning yesterday when speaking to hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about a night the pair had at the famous LA nightclub The Viper Room – which has always been known as a hangout of the young Hollywood elite.
Shaun explained that he and Bez split once they were inside the club, but when they were reunited later on in the night, Shaun claims that Bez told him: “You heard of Julia Roberts? She’s just asked me to go to her place.”
That’s not the most outrageous part of the story, either.
It also transpired Bez turned the Oscar-winning actress down because he had other offers – and didn’t really know who she was, anyway.
Explaining the situation he found himself in, Shaun said: “When we went to LA, the movie Pretty Woman had only just come out so she wasn’t the Julia Roberts who everyone knows now.
“We was in The Viper Room and Bez came over ‘you heard of Julia Joggerts?’ ‘Yeah, Julia Roberts, yeah’, ‘Ah, she’s just asked me to go to her place’.”
“And he didn’t have a clue who she was, but she sent her bodyguard over”.
He then added that Bez also “had about four other girls on the go in the club anyway”.
In understandable disbelief, like we presumably all are, Holly then asked Shaun: “So he turned down Julia Roberts?” and Shaun simply replied by raising his eyebrows and nodding.
How does Bez feel about the situation now then? Shaun assured us: “It’s Bez innit, he wasn’t really bothered.”
Although this may be the first time many are hearing this story, it’s not the first time it’s been told by Ryder, as he apparently first revealed it during an interview on radio station XFM back in 2011, and relayed it once again in his autobiography Twisting My Melon.
So, what’s your take then?
Do you believe it? Or is he just having us on?
Incredible misty drone footage shows how Manchester earned its ‘Manctopia’ nickname
Drone footage captured from way above Manchester shows just how quickly the city has grown – and proves that our hometown is well on its way to earning its ‘Manctopia’ nickname.
Cast your mind back just a few years and you’ll remember that Beetham Tower stuck out like a sore thumb, towering many storeys above the next tallest building.
In fact, until just four years ago, the next-tallest building here was City Tower, which was a good 17 storeys shorter than Beetham Tower.
Then along came Renaker with visions for an entirely new skyscraper neighbourhood – Deansgate Square.
This group of skyscrapers now completely dominate the Manchester skyline, with the tallest building a massive 65 storeys tall.
South Tower is not only the tallest building in Greater Manchester, it’s also the 10th tallest in the entire UK, and the biggest outside of London.
It’s all led to Manchester being coined ‘Manctopia’, the name of a BBC documentary that followed property developers Capital & Centric as they redevelop buildings around the region.
One local photographer has managed to capture the unbelievable scale of our new, ultra-modern city skyline, with drone footage soaring among the skyscrapers.
Known on Instagram as @lef_tsotour, they shared a video taken on a misty Manchester morning.
It captures both Deansgate Square, with sun glinting off the many windows of the towers, and the now-dwarfed Beetham Tower.
You can also see the railway lines snaking through the city centre, cars nipping around the ring road, and the comparatively small apartment blocks around Castlefield.
Commenting on the video, one person said: “This is mint.”
Another wrote: “Fricken love this!!!!”
Featured image: @lef_tsotour
Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.