Sam Fender was all Geordies this morning, as he turned up to BBC Breakfast a little worse for wear.
Or, in his own words, ‘really, really hungover’.
The 25-year-old, who hails from North Shields, was on the sofa this morning to promote the release of his second album, Seventeen Going Under, which is tipped to reach number one in the UK charts.
However, his album release coincided with the confirmation of the Newcastle United takeover by the Saudi Arabian-backed Public Investment Fund, so celebrations meant Sam was feeling rather delicate this morning.
Still dressed in his NUFC tracksuit from the night before, the Spit Of You singer said: ‘We did Jools Holland and went straight up to St James’s [Park], and my saxophone player Johnny got on the statue and started playing Local Hero and 5,000 Geordies just started singing along.’
Host Nina Warhurst clarified: ‘Because of the club takeover?’ with Sam replying: ‘Because [Mike] Ashley’s out, yeah. And everyone I seen, I did about a thousand selfies, I was proper mobbed, but everyone was absolutely class and they gave us a lot of cans… and I’m really hungover. I’m really, really hungover.’
Nina said: ‘Appreciate your honesty on that, Sam’, with the singer quipping: ‘But these things happen, don’t they?’
Viewers were loving the interview, with many branding Sam ‘a legend’ and one tweet reading: ‘What is there not to love about this man?’
Fellow Geordies Ant and Dec commended his outfit, tweeting: ‘Brilliant!! Good lad.
@samfendermusic. On the telly in his Toon tracksuit’, while another person joked: ‘@samfendermusic representing how just about every Newcastle fan is feeling this morning.’
While on the show, Sam addressed his beloved NUFC’s takeover, which has made them the richest club in the Premier League, and admitted that it is ‘bittersweet’.
While fans have celebrated Mike Ashley being out as owner, the move has been condemned by human rights groups, with Saudi Arabia being accused of ‘sportswashing’ to cover up human rights violations.
Sam said: ‘It’s obviously quite a contentious situation as well, but I’m just really happy for the fans and I’m happy for the city, and I’m happy for what might come of it economically for our town.
‘But as I said, it kind of feels like a bittersweet moment. We’re chuffed, but there’s a lot of stuff in question that we probably need transparency on in the future.’
The singer also discussed the recent filming of a music video where he was tethered to a high platform and was ‘absolutely crapping it’ – with Charlie Stayt warning him to ‘mind his language’.
Sam apologised, and said that he ‘didn’t realise that was a swear word anymore’.
The Brit Award winner had predicted his hangover on his Instagram stories last night, as he filmed the thousands of fans who had gathered outside St James’s Park to celebrate the takeover.
Sam wrote: ‘We had the best night ever, BBC interview in the morning, gonna be hanging but was worth it.’
Sam accompanied the release of his album with a tour announcement, with a UK arena tour planned for next spring.
The rising star previously hit number one with his debut album Hypersonic Missiles in 2019.
Credit: Original article published here.