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Debbie Harry says she ‘was flattered’ when David Bowie exposed his penis to her



Debbie Harry has said that she “was flattered” when David Bowie “pulled out his c**k” after she gave him some free drugs in 1977.

In her new memoir, Face It, the Blondie frontwoman recalled an incident while on tour with Bowie and Iggy Pop, in which she gave the pair some of her cocaine stash after they discovered their regular New York dealer had died. She then alleges that Bowie proceeded to expose himself to her.

“He pulled out his c**k, as if I was the official c**k checker,” Harry writes. “David’s size was notorious, of course, and he loved to pull it out for men and women. It was so . . . sexy.”


Harry elaborated further on the encounter while speaking to The Sunday Times, saying she “can only hope” that he meant it as a sign of gratitude.

“I guess he was trying to say thank you,” she continued. “It was very funny… I didn’t touch it. But I did think, well — very nice. I don’t know, it’s too bad you can’t ask him.”

Harry said that she didn’t mind the exposure, adding: “I guess I was sort of flattered, you know? He’s one of the great men that I admire in the music world, clearly a genius.”

Face It, published next week by HarperCollins, finds Harry recalling memories of her Blondie fame and encounters with figures including the New York Dolls, Phil Spector and the murderer Ted Bundy, who Harry has always insisted she was nearly killed by in the Seventies.

“People say he was in Florida at the time I was abducted [in New York],” she told the Sunday Times, “so they say my story’s been debunked. But I don’t really give a damn what they think. I just know what happened.”



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Liverpool FC: Steven Gerrard ‘surprised and flattered’ after Jurgen Klopp tips Rangers manager to succeed him



Steven Gerrard was “surprised and flattered” to hear Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tip him as his successor, but the Rangers boss insists he wants the German to remain at Anfield for many years to come.

Klopp made the comments after being asked in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine about his working relationship with non-executive director Kenny Dalglish.

He said: “Kenny and Stevie have both been a really big support from day one. If Liverpool were to sack me tomorrow, then maybe Kenny would be the first choice to replace me, but they would probably bring Stevie down from Glasgow.


“If you ask who should follow me, I’d say Stevie. I help him whenever I can.”

Reacting to the comments, Gerrard said: “I was surprised and flattered at the same time.

“But when you read the quote really carefully, like I have, it said ‘if I get sacked tomorrow’ he thinks Steven Gerrard should be the next Liverpool manager.

“Jurgen Klopp’s not getting sacked tomorrow. I don’t want him to get sacked tomorrow. He’s doing a fantastic job.

“I’m a Liverpool fan. I’m sure every Liverpool fan on the planet endorses what I’m saying here. We want him to stay for many, many years and bring as much success to our club as possible.

“But yeah, it was very flattering at the same time.”

Both Klopp and Gerrard are under contract at their respective clubs until the summer of 2022.

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Love Island’s Maura Higgins flattered for being called a ‘feminist hero’ by fans



Love Island’s Maura Higgins has said she is “flattered” that fans consider her a feminist hero after her stint on the ITV2 dating show.

The 28-year-old won praise from viewers of Love Island after she confronted fellow islander Tom Walker for making crude comments about her during the fifth series.

Moments before Walker was due to spend the night with Higgins in the Hideaway – the only private room in the villa – he told the other male contestants: “It’ll be interesting to see if she’s all mouth or not”.


Outraged by Walker’s comments, Higgins explained that just because she spoke openly about enjoying sex did not give him the right to shame her for doing so.

Viewers cheered Higgins on, taking to Twitter to support the reality star for standing up for herself and describing her as a feminist.

Speaking about the public reaction to her decision to challenge Walker’s behaviour, Higgins told Grazia: “I never realised I was a feminist.

“I just stand up for myself and I won’t let anyone talk s*** about me. And you know what, I do talk about sex, but so do guys.

“I think a lot of women are afraid to talk about sex, but it’s a natural thing,” the model explained, adding that she doesn’t “feel ashamed” for discussing the topic as she “grew up always being able to talk to [her] mammy and daddy.”


As the episode featuring the confrontation aired on ITV2, one person defending Higgins’ behaviour on Twitter, writing: “Tom doesn’t understand Maura at all, she is still a female who deserves manners and respect despite she’s raw about talking about sex [sic].”

Another added: “I’m relieved for Maura that she heard Tom before going into the hideaway. Girls are slut-shamed if they follow through, and ‘all mouth’ if they don’t.”

Higgins also discussed her divisive entrance to the villa, which saw her make a beeline for fellow contestant Tommy Fury, despite the fact he was already coupled up with Molly-Mae Hague.


Despite receiving backlash for the move, Higgins went on to become one of the most popular individuals of the series and says this misconception of her is something she’s used to dealing with in everyday life.

“I’ve always been misjudged, my whole life,” Higgins said. 

“I think people look at my Instagram and think of me as a completely different person – because when I meet people out, they always say, ‘You’re so much nicer than I expected’.”


Higgins made it to the final of Love Island 2019, finishing in fourth place with ballroom dancer Curtis Pritchard.

The pair have remained a couple since leaving the villa and Pritchard recently travelled to Ireland to be introduced to Higgins’ friends and family.



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