Singer Brett Anderson has confessed he deliberately provoked his bandmates into breaking up Suede after the group began to resemble a doomed romance.

The Trash hitmakers split in 2003, a year after the release of their critically-panned fifth album A New Morning, but they stunned fans in 2010 by reuniting for a series of comeback gigs and they released new record Bloodsports on Monday (18Mar13).

The Britpop musicians have since admitted they regret releasing A New Morning, and now Anderson has revealed he engineered the 2003 split as he knew it was time for the band to break up.

He tells NME magazine, "I knew the band should finish, but it was like when you want to split up with someone but you're too scared to do it, so you act really badly and force the decision on them. I didn't have the guts to just split the band up, so I acted as badly as possible.

"It was a bit like sabotage. I remember looking back and thinking, for every decision we made, 'Would Suede do this? If the answer's yes, then don't do it; if the answer's no, then do it.' There was a really twisted desire to undermine everything we'd built up."