Reports that Van Morrison had become a father again at 64 resulted from a hoax apparently because the singer's website was hacked, according to Agence France-Press.
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Morrison said in a statement Thursday that the post stating that he fathered a child, George Ivan Morrison III, with wife-manager Gigi Lee was "utterly without foundation." He doesn't even know a Gigi Lee.
"Claims were made relating to my personal life in a 'statement' purporting to come from me," the statement read. "Once these claims were brought to our attention, they were taken down from the site. The comments ... did not come from me."
The statement was issued on Morrison's behalf by the Dublin branch of the U.S.-based public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard Inc. Morrison's Hollywood-based representative, Phil Lobel, told The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday that the original announcement was based on the hacked website posting and "all those with Van Morrison regret any confusion this may have caused."
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John Saunders, senior partner of the PR firm in Europe, said Morrison doesn't know anyone named Gigi Lee. "None of it is true," Saunders told RTÉ Radio's News at One, adding that this was the second hacking incident in three months. "When I spoke to Van a short while ago I said, like, do you even know this person and he has never heard the name at any stage in the past. He doesn't know who this person is."
Morrison's statement went on to say that he remains "very happily married" to former Miss Ireland Michelle Rocha, with whom he has two children.
Morrison, a veteran singer known for hits such as "Brown Eyed Girl," "Into the Mystic" and "Moondance," performed his breakthrough album Astral Weeks live last year. His website has a video promoting the DVD of that performance and says a new website is coming soon.