Just when it seemed that Morrissey, the zeppelin-domed crosspatch of melodramatic British rock had finally disavowed all former ties to his basic humanity (see this highly quotable interview I did with him this week in the Boston Phoenix where he explains how people like him are different than you and I), it turns out the old loveable malcontent still has a few good deeds left in him. While browsing through the Strand Book Store in New York City (Queerty via Spinner) an elderly woman nearby collapsed. It appears, at long last, the day has come when he had a natural emotion. Queerty’s tipster tells the story:
Morrissey, who was there alone, immediately rushed to her side and crouched on the ground to see if she was okay. She had just lost her bearings and was fine.
“You’re gonna need someone on your side,” the crooner might’ve said right there if he was thinking quickly.
He picked up her stray belongings and asked if he could get her some water or call for help. She declined and collected her things and moved on. But my friend said she touched Morrissey’s cheek in gratitude! Obviously, she didn’t know who he was, just was touched by this act of kindness from a nice British man… He seemed very shaken up and flustered by the incident and left the store soon afterwards without buying anything.
“The lady was old, I know,” he later said (probably), “But it goes on…”