The Streets - Mike Skinner: 'Drug-taking Lover Was Not Rachel Stevens'
British rapper Mike Skinner has finally spoken out about the mystery drug-taking pop star he once romanced - silencing long-running rumours it was squeaky-clean singer Rachel Stevens.
Skinner sent gossips into a frenzy in 2006 when his band The Streets released its single When You Wasn't Famous, in which Skinner details his fiery fling with an unnamed celebrity.
In the track, Skinner references smoking crack cocaine with the singer and laughing as she punches a man in a hotel lobby, but despite the frenzied speculation the rapper repeatedly refused to name the woman concerned.
Several identities were suggested by gossips, with child-friendly S Club 7 star Stevens on the list - but Skinner has now confirmed she is not the celebrity he wrote the track about.
In an excerpt from his upcoming memoirs, published in The Observer Magazine, Skinner writes, "I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the identity of the mystery crack-taking pop star who makes a cameo appearance in When You Wasn't Famous. Now that a few years have passed, I feel a point has been reached where there would be no indiscretion involved in revealing that it was not Rachel Stevens."