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Johnny Marr suggested Morrissey was looking for attention during their public row last month.

The “Panic” singer posted an “open letter” asking his former Smiths teammate to stop talking about him in interviews, prompting the 58-year-old star to hit back on Twitter.

And Johnny insisted it was important to “defend himself” but he is not interested in a war of words.

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He told the Sunday Times Culture magazine: “When you are attacked out of the blue, especially in public, you have to defend yourself. The letter was meant to be insulting, wasn’t it? That must have been the idea. If it’s something that’s not based on fact, you have to react accordingly, which is to say just… with ridicule.

“Look, it was about [his wanting] be careful, and I get a lot of them. I’ve got my new record coming out, and it’s also getting attention. All my solo records have it. I just do what I do. I will just continue to be who I am.

Morrissey had “politely” asked Johnny to stop mentioning him in interviews because he accused the guitarist of talking about him as his “personal psychiatrist”.

Writing in a blog entry on his Morrissey Central website, the 62-year-old musician began: “This is not a rant or hysterical bombast. It’s a polite and calmly measured request: could you please stop mentioning my name in your interviews?

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“Would you rather discuss your own career, your own unstoppable solo accomplishments and your own music? If you can, would you just leave me out of it?

“The thing is, you don’t know me. You know nothing of my life, my intentions, my thoughts, my feelings. Yet you speak as if you were my personal psychiatrist with constant, uninterrupted access to my instincts.”

The ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ hitmakers split in 1987 over personal differences between Morrissey and Marr and the controversial frontman is tired of being accused that he is ‘to blame for everything’.

Morrissey continued: “We haven’t known each other for 35 years – which is several lifetimes. When we met, you and I didn’t make it. We both helped each other become who we are today. Can’t you stop there?

“Do you constantly, year after year, decade after decade, blame me for everything… from the 2007 tsunami in the Solomon Islands to the dribble on your grandmother’s chin?”

In response, Johnny tweeted: “Dear @officialmoz. An ‘open letter’ hasn’t really been a thing since 1953, it’s all ‘social media’ now. Even Donald J Trump had this one. Also, this fake news business… kinda 2021 yeah? #makingindiegreatagain (sic)”.