Singer Annie Lennox has congratulated rocker Morrissey following the release of his tell-all memoirs and thanked him for making a "profound connection" with fans.

The former The Smiths frontman last week (ends20Oct13) unveiled his long-awaited autobiography, in which he details his relationship with a male photographer in the 1990s and the physical abuse he received during his harrowing school years.

The tome has divided critics, with some accusing the star of wallowing in self-pity, but former Eurythmics singer Lennox has now reached out to show her support for Morrissey and praise him for his career achievements.

In a post on her official page, she writes, "Reading the various reviews of Morrissey's autobiography, the divisive reactions are fascinating... With a life steeped in the acute articulation of what it feels like to be an 'outsider's outsider'... Mr M continues to stir and shake us up.

"I'm appreciative and grateful for his extraordinary artistry, artifice and social/personal commentary... and more than anything I wish him the freedom and space to be himself... unencumbered and unhampered by anyone's 'opinion' or projection of who they think he is or should be. He's made a profound connection and difference to a multitude of lives, which is more than can be said for the belligerent scribers (sic) who seem to have a bone to pick with his very existence.

"We all have to live with ourselves at the end of the day, till the end of our days... and I think he's a very elegant survivor. God bless Morrissey and all who ever dared to sail forth, with or without a compass."