Has James Blunt Quit Music For Good?

James Blunt

No.

Although, he did tell the Mail, in the safe, confidential enclosure of a nightclub launch party, that he was looking to take a break after a gruelling world tour, and that he hadn’t got around to writing any new songs yet, so clearly that’s the same as giving up forever.

James was speaking to a journalist at the opening of Barbarella in London’s well-to-do Fulham, and clearly did not want to spend a long time talking shop, not while he could be having a drink and a dance with his girlfriend Sofia. So, he pretended there isn’t going to be a shop any more.

He said: “I just want to take some time out for myself. I haven’t got any plans to do more songwriting. I have been chilling out since I finished my world tour and I’ve spent a lot of time in Ibiza, where I have a villa.”

Hands up who knew he would mention his villa in Ibiza (where he has a villa)? Yep. That’s everyone. Oh and he’s got a yacht too. Let’s see how long he goes without mentioning that:  “Sofia and I had a great time hanging out with friends on my yacht but we partied as well.”

And then, being a true pro, he brought the topic back to the matter in hand, and swanned off: “I do like a good night out and that is why it’s great fun to hang out at Barbarella. London needs more nightclubs like this.”

BOOM! Suddenly we have a “pop star quits” story on our hands. Well, let’s see who’s right, shall we?

Note: It’s me. I’m right.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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