Inside The Sun’s Bizarre as world’s best showbiz column turns 40 años

BIZARRE is world-famous for its ground-breaking exclusives.

Our successes range from revealing the Spice Girls reunion to announcing Britney Spears’ second pregnancy — and landing interviews with music’s biggest superstars, incluso Virgen, Ed Sheeran y Sir Elton John.

Bizarre editor Simon Boyle at the GQ Awards with Ed Sheeran

Bizarre editor Simon Boyle at the GQ Awards with Ed Sheeran
Former Bizarre editor Dan Wootton lines up with One Direction in Colombia in 2013

Former Bizarre editor Dan Wootton lines up with One Direction in Colombia in 2013Crédito: Chris Bott
Piers Morgan presents Iron Maiden's Janick Gers and Bruce Dickinson with a Bizarre award in 1991

Piers Morgan presents Iron Maiden’s Janick Gers and Bruce Dickinson with a Bizarre award in 1991Crédito: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Victoria Newton hangs out backstage with Madonna before a gig at Earl's Court

Victoria Newton hangs out backstage with Madonna before a gig at Earl’s CourtCrédito: News Group Newspapers Ltd

On Tuesday the column, which launched on May 17, 1982, with John Blake at the helm, will celebrate its 40th birthday.

Over four decades, myself and 13 predecessors have worked tirelessly alongside our brilliant teams to bring you jaw-dropping stories, often straight from the horse’s mouth.

Everyone from Beyoncé y Coldplay para Foo Fighters y Noel Gallagher have given some of their most revealing interviews to Bizarre writers.

It was in this column in 2006 que Rosado chose to bear her soul about turning to heroin to cope with the death of three of her friends.

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Little Mix's Perrie breaks down in tears and says doc told her not to sing

MIX’S SAD SONG

Little Mix’s Perrie breaks down in tears and says doc told her not to sing

Eleven years later, Celine Dion picked us to speak to for the first time about her devastation over the death of husband Rene Angelil.

Aside from some of the column’s own divas (I’m looking at you, Dan Wootton), Bizarre has enjoyed its fair share of rock-star demands. US rapper P Diddy turned up 24 hours late, con 40 minders, for ex-editor Gordon Smart.

And his excuse? A nasty case of man flu . . . but he barely touched the chicken soup Gordon and co lovingly microwaved for him.

Then rather than promoting his album as had been planned, Diddy went off on a remarkable tangent, revealing he was considering inviting the reina y Principe William to Paris for dinner.

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Little Mix's Perrie breaks down in tears and says doc told her not to sing

MIX’S SAD SONG

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Rude and raucous

Gordon Smart with a wild-haired Lady Gaga in 2013

Gordon Smart with a wild-haired Lady Gaga in 2013Crédito: Simon Jones – News Group Newspapers
Jane Moore meets Michael Caine

Jane Moore meets Michael CaineCrédito: Jane Moore
Gordon Smart and Noel Gallagher share some Bizarre whisky in 2009

Gordon Smart and Noel Gallagher share some Bizarre whisky in 2009Crédito: Dave Hogan
Bizarre's Rick Sky with Jason Donovan in 1989

Bizarre’s Rick Sky with Jason Donovan in 1989Crédito: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Simon Boyle with Coldplay in Jordan on their Middle East tour in 2019

Simon Boyle with Coldplay in Jordan on their Middle East tour in 2019
John Blake with US rocker Suzi Quatro in 1982

John Blake with US rocker Suzi Quatro in 1982Crédito: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Aside from bringing you a daily dose of gossip six times a week, Bizarre has also backed campaigns to help bring change for the better.

It was Bizarre, then headed by Dominic Mohan, who created Band Aid 20 en 2004.

In one of his proudest moments, Dom managed single-handedly to sign up Travis and Coldplay — messaging frontman Chris Martin privately to get him on board.

The reworking of the 1984 original Do They Know It’s Christmas? en 2004 went straight to the festive No1 spot and led to the Live 8 concerts across the globe the following year. Bizarre became a springboard for some of the UK’s most talented journalists, including ex-column editors Jane Moore, Piers Morgan and Victoria Newton — editor of The Sun today.

Muelles, who edited these pages in the early Nineties, said his biggest scoop was David Bowie giving him the inside track on his proposal to Iman.

Él dijo: “David gave me a half-hour interview about how he’d got on a boat down the Seine in Paris and proposed to Iman with flowers.

“He gave me the world exclusive while standing on the pavement. When journalists moan about being on doorsteps for hours on end, it’s because sometimes you get a guy like Bowie who gives the dog a bone.”

John Blake, Biz’s first editor, landed one of his biggest tales after visiting the loo. Recalling a lunch with Ronnie Wood, John said: “I went for a pee and when I came back, él dijo, ‘I’ve got a surprise for you. While you were in the bog, I asked JO to marry me and she said yes. You can have the story and come to the wedding’.”

As for my own memories of this column, which I have been editing since April 2018, I have many too rude, too raucous and too rampant to reproduce on our precious pages.

But from Pablo McCartney singing Happy Birthday at the Cavern Club on my birthday to travelling to the Middle East with Coldplay and having beers with Oasis legend Noel, Bizarre has given me some of the best experiences of my career.

None of our successes would have been possible without you, our loyal readers, sin embargo. You have contacted us with stories, covered us with praise — and called us out for using too many pictures of Rita Ora.

For this I cannot apologise, aunque, as she is far too beautiful not to keep putting in print.

From all of us at Bizarre — past and present — thank you for 40 great years.

How it all began in May 1982

How it all began in May 1982
Elvis Costello tells Nick Ferrari to F*** off at a concert in 1985

Elvis Costello tells Nick Ferrari to F*** off at a concert in 1985Crédito: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Dan Wootton poses with former Spice Girl Geri Horner in 2015

Dan Wootton poses with former Spice Girl Geri Horner in 2015Crédito: Dan Jones/Brad Wakefield
Jen O'Brien meets Macca

Jen O’Brien meets MaccaCrédito: Recoger
Pop Stars finalists Liberty X visit Dominic Mohan on the Bizarre desk in 2002

Pop Stars finalists Liberty X visit Dominic Mohan on the Bizarre desk in 2002Crédito: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Simon Boyle and Taylor Swift in 2018

Simon Boyle and Taylor Swift in 2018

EDITORS’ ROLL OF HONOUR

The very first Bizarre was edited by John Blake, then cameMartin Dunn, Nick Ferrari, Jane Moore, Jonathan King, Rick Sky, Piers Morgan, Andy Coulson, Dominic Mohan, Victoria Newton, Gordon Smart, Jennifer O’Brien & Lia Nicholls, Dan Wootton and yours truly, Simon Boyle.

How we kept on rockin

Bizarre joins Coldplay for their landmark gig in Jordan before doing an exclusive interview

Bizarre joins Coldplay for their landmark gig in Jordan before doing an exclusive interviewCrédito: Band Aid

1984 Ronnie Wood reveals proposal to Jo 1996 The Spice Girls take over Bizarre

1998 We join Oasis on the road for their Tokyo tour

2004 Bizarre, headed by Dominic Mohan, launch Band Aid 20

2005 The team, led by Victoria Newton, breaks news to the world that Britney Spears is pregnant with her and Kevin Federline’s second child

2006 In a Bizarre special chat, Pink reveals she used to take heroin

2008 Jay z gives a world- exclusive interview to Gordon Smart and Bizarre in which the rapper rounds on Noel Gallagher for saying he shouldn’t have been on Glastonbury’s line-up

2010 Olly Murs talks to Gordon about his sex life, insisting he’s “no Tom Jones but doing better than Nick Clegg”.

2015 Madonna sits down with Bizarre to let rip at Guy Ritchie and slams ageist Radio 1 jefes

2015 Dan Wootton’s Bizarre column reveals the news that the Spice Girls were reuniting once more – but without Posh

2017 Celine Dion breaks down in tears when she speaks for the first time about the loss of her husband

2018 Elton John reveals that nearly dying was behind his reason to quit touring

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2019 Bizarre joins Coldplay for their landmark gig in Jordan before doing an exclusive interview

2021 Ed Sheeran sits down with Bizarre, admitting he hit rock bottom on a diet of wine, beer and chicken wings, before becoming a dad changed his life

Celine Dion speaks for the first time about the loss of her husband to Dan Wootton

Celine Dion speaks for the first time about the loss of her husband to Dan WoottonCrédito: News Group Newspapers Ltd

THIS WEEK’S CHARTS

Singles

1. As It Was – HARRY STYLES

2. First Class – JACK HARLOW

3. Go – CAT BURNS

4. About Damn Time – LIZZO

5. Starlight – DAVE

6. Baby – AITCH & ASHANTI

7. Peru – FIREBOY DML & ED SHEERAN

8. Wait For U – FUTURE ft DRAKE

9. Bam Bam – CAMILA CABELLO ft ED SHEERAN

10. Where Did You Go? – JAX JONES ft MNEK

HARRY STYLES is at No1 for a sixth week but he could soon have competition from pal Lizzo. Her joyous disco single About Damn Time is gaining momentum after going viral on TikTok.

Four decades ago, it was one-hit wonder Nicole who was at No1 with A Little Peace.

Albums

1. We – ARCADE FIRE

2. How To Let Go – SIGRID

3. Alpha Place – KNUCKS

4. Come Home The Kids Miss You – JACK HARLOW

5. Equals – ED SHEERAN

6. Between Us – LITTLE MIX

7. Happiness Not Included – SOFT CELL

8. A Bit Of Previous – BELLE & SEBASTIAN

9. Back From The Dead – HALESTORM

10. Sour – OLIVIA RODRIGO

ARCADE FIRE top the charts for a fourth time with We, seeing off competition from SIGRID who is new at No2.

En Mayo 1982, it was Paul McCartney’s third solo album, Tug Of War, which was in pole position, ahead of albums from Queen, Barry Manilow and Madness.