Pogues legend Shane MacGowan celebrated the launch of his new art exhibition at London’s Andipa Art Gallery with his partner Victor Mary Clarke and supermodel Kate Moss.
The 64-year-old singer was pictured in an Instagram post shared by Victoria enjoying the spotlight as he showcased his work on the show, titled The Eternal Buzz and the Crock of Gold
Shane urged fans to “bring lots of money!” as he showcased his artwork in a 502-page limited-edition monograph that includes contributions from fellow actor Johnny Depp, as well as unpublished lyrics, photos and essays.
With pieces priced at between £5,000 and £32,000 for various pieces of his abstract art, his joking advice to fans definitely paid off.
London’s Knightsbridge was where the legendary Pogues singer held court on Tuesday as he sat in his wheelchair at the exhibition while supermodel Kate, 48, posed next to him.
He puffed on a vape and sipped on a glass of bubbly, was in a good mood and showed up for the evening in a smart blue suit, which he paired with a crisp white shirt and black shoes.
As a rock star, he hid his eyes behind dark sunglasses while Kate chatted with journalist Victoria in a black mini dress.
Victoria, who previously claimed in 2016 that Shane was sober for the “first time in several years”, was spotted dancing with Kate in the street while holding a bottle.
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The trio were joined by a host of famous friends including singer Bob Geldof, who showed up in a blue and black jacket and brown hat.
Bob was joined by fashion designer Pam Hogg, whose quirky sense of style includes a navy Adidas tracksuit, which she paired with a black pinstriped vest.
The happy occasion came just weeks after Victoria posted a poignant message on Instagram expressing her fears and hurt after Shane suffered “another accident” that “seemed like a huge setback”.
Victoria said she’s been “taking a little journey inward over the past few days” after the incident, which she didn’t elaborate on.
“Shane had another accident and it seemed like a huge setback because he was doing really, really well,” she wrote.
“Sometimes it can feel really crappy and depressing and frustrating to see your loved ones getting down and having to pick themselves up again and again!
“And you can be mad and upset and frustrated with life and confused like WTFingF?!!!!
“But I keep asking the angels to guide me through and bring me some joy. They sometimes work their little invisible asses off, but if you really want peace in your life you have to be able to take the hits?”
Victoria was recently forced to comment on claims in a new biopic about the Pogues frontman that his old friend Sinéad O’Connor expressed fears for his life because of his longtime drug use.
O’Connor told MacGowan’s biographer Richard Balls that he would not have much-needed surgery that would allow him to walk because he would miss his dose of medication at the hospital.
“He won’t (go) because he doesn’t want to go to the hospital because he can’t have all his medication when he’s in the hospital. That’s why he won’t go to the other operation. There’s no reason he can’t walk now, other than that he’s given up,” says Sinéad in the book, titled A Furious Devotion: The Authorized Story of Shane MacGowan.
“I saw him five years ago, a man who had given up. His bed faces his TV, it looks like a coffin.
“He’s got his drink on one side and his drugs on the other, he’s got the remote and he’s just sitting there 24/7.”
Sinéad claimed her friend had no appetite for life.
“He doesn’t want to live or he wouldn’t be on all the drugs. Nobody who does all those things wants to live, whether it’s the tramp down the street, the guy in the apartment, or if it’s Shane,” she said.
Victoria called the comments “total nonsense”.
“Absolutely not,” she said. “Shane MacGowan is very happy with his life and very motivated!
“I think it’s important to remember that judging people who are struggling with depression or addiction doesn’t help, and it definitely doesn’t help their loved ones who, like me, also have challenges and need encouragement to get through,” Clarke said.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/shane-macgowan-and-wife-victoria-celebrate-with-kate-moss-at-launch-of-singers-new-exhibition-42061941.html Shane MacGowan and his wife Victoria join Kate Moss to celebrate the launch of the singer’s new exhibition