Happy Mondays star Bez turned down Julia Roberts when she invited him back to hers, Shaun Ryder claims

JULIA Roberts got knocked back by Bez from the Happy Mondays after she asked him back to hers, according to his bandmate Shaun Ryder.

The Manchester hellraiser explained how Bez – whose real name is Mark Berry – didn't even know who she was.

Speaking on This Morning today, Shaun said: "When we went to LA the movie Pretty Woman had just come out, so she's not the Julia Roberts everyone knows now.

"We was in the Viper Rooms and Bez comes over to me and goes: 'Have you heard of Julia Joghurts?'

Shaun replied: "Yeah, Julia Roberts, yeah."

He says Bez replied: "Oh she's just asked me to go to her place."


Shaun, 58, added that his pal, 57, was approached by a bodyguard called Evel in the Viper Rooms.

Speaking about Bez, the Black Grape front man added: "He didn't have a clue who she was.

"He didn't go back to her place because he had about four other girls on the go in the club anyway."

Laughing, This Morning host Holly Willoughby said: "So he turned down Julia Roberts?"


Shaun answered: "Yeah" – but insisted he doesn't care in the slightest.

Asked by Holly's co-host Phillip Schofield what he thinks of it now, Shaun said: "It's Bez, isn't it? It doesn't really bother him."

The pair were huge pop-culture figures in the 1990s but are now perhaps best known for their hilarious appearances on Celebrity Gogglebox.

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