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Christ de Burgh

27 October 2006

It's been a wonderful week for Chris de Burgh. He has been likened to a Scottish rapist, a paedophile and to Jesus Christ Himself, and yet still the blandest man in music is smiling. Last Thursday on his website, de Burgh felt the need to clear the air:

'I would like to take a little time to clarify this story that became sillier and more exaggerated as the week went on... The facts are somewhat different, as about 6 million people watching the "Heaven and Earth" show on October 8th heard. I wonder what part of the sentence "I am NOT a Faith Healer" did the media have a problem with? Or maybe it was too good an opportunity to have a laugh and a scoff.'

Certainly the opportunity to have a laugh and a scoff is part of it, but there is also the fact of what he actually said on 'Heaven and Earth' with Gloria Hunniford, which was: 'I have found myself able to cure people with my hands. I met someone in the West Indies who wasn't able to walk. I put my hands on him and he was able to get up.' Under the circumstances then, saying 'I am NOT a faith healer' was perhaps a little disingenuous. He clearly is. He continued: 'But I have to stress that I think we all have this faculty.' This was emphasised in his online statement: 'I am convinced, as I said on the BBC, that just about anyone can help others, with their hands; if you know someone in pain, just give it a try, and ignore all the nonsense....'

We know. Only the true Messiah would deny His divinity.

If any doubt remained as to de Burgh's messianic overtones, The Sun snuffed it all to hell on Wednesday with the story of best-selling author Marisa Mackle and her 'horrifically injured', 'virtually paralysed' and 'completely useless' left arm. Marisa was introduced to de Burgh by her friend, his daughter, former Miss World Rosanna Davison. The rest is history. Gospel even. In Marisa's words:

'When the accident happened one doctor rather cruelly told me I would never play the piano again and that I may not regain the use of my baby finger. Yet the day after Chris's treatment I could use my little finger and was playing piano within weeks.'

So how many more of de Burgh's miracles will come to light before He finally comes clean and puts on a purple tracksuit? Well, that probably depends on how the new album sells. As honest as He is divine, Our Lord Chris admitted on his site, 'My publicist was delighted at all the Press coverage, it did wonders for the new CD!'

Praise Him!

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