Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis remains baffled by SINEAD O'CONNOR's decision to dump him when they were dating more than a decade ago.

Kiedis, who has dated a string of beauties, enjoyed a passionate romance with the Irish singer, but it ended soon after it had begun - and he still doesn't know why.

He says, "We did a show together right after her first record came out, and she had combat boots and a dress and a shaved head, and she was so f**king beautiful. And I said to myself, 'I have to hang out with this girl.'

"And eventually that happened, but (it) ended in an abrupt and inexplicable kind of vanquishment - if that's a word. And I never figured it out, and eventually I stopped kind of trying to figure it out."

27/10/2004 09:19