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Damon Albarn banned from opening personal Instagram account by daughter Missy


‘She said it’ll be a disaster!’ Damon Albarn, 53, banned from opening personal Instagram account by daughter Missy, 22, after attempting to tackle social media in lockdown


Damon Albarn has been banned from social media by his daughter Missy who grabbed his phone out of his hand when he tried to open a personal Instagram account.

The singer, 53, who rose to fame with Britpop band Blur in the 90s, admitted it’s ‘not ideal becoming a dad when you are suddenly becoming really successful’, adding he’s now under a lot of ‘scrutiny’ from aspiring designer Missy who told Damon he would be a ‘disaster’ on social platforms.

Musician Damon, who puts his name to a professional Instagram account, said: ‘The levels of scrutiny on me are quite high now. Am I ever going to be able to cross the bridge to social media? I don’t think so. She said it’ll be a disaster if I do it.  

Blocked: Damon Albarn, 53, was banned from social media by his daughter Missy, 22, who grabbed his phone out of his hand when he tried to open a personal Instagram (pictured 2021)

Blocked: Damon Albarn, 53, was banned from social media by his daughter Missy, 22, who grabbed his phone out of his hand when he tried to open a personal Instagram (pictured 2021)

‘I did try to do it in lockdown. There was something that was really f**king me off. I thought right this is it. I am starting an Instagram account.

‘I got as far as giving myself a name and I heard this scream downstairs, and then some running upstairs. 

‘She ran into the room and got my phone and threw it away before I could. It is funny.’ 

Strong words: Musician Damon, who puts his name to a professional Instagram account, said aspiring designer Missy told him he'd be a 'disaster' on social platforms

Strong words: Musician Damon, who puts his name to a professional Instagram account, said aspiring designer Missy told him he’d be a ‘disaster’ on social platforms

He added: ‘So no… It will probably never happen (going on social media).’

Damon went on to say he sees people get caught up in themselves when it comes to using the different web platforms, describing the situation as ‘crazy’. 

He explained: ‘Sometimes I see things. Especially people. So lost in their own-ness. You know? It is just crazy.’

However, the star admits he does sometimes hijack his Gorillaz co-creator pal Jamie Hewlett’s Instagram account, with Jamie having more than 480,000 followers.

Damon said: ‘Jamie is coming on one of his rare visits from France. But occasionally he will do something silly. I will do it on his account. 

Observant: Damon said he sees people get caught up in themselves when it comes to using the different web platforms, describing the situation as 'crazy' (pictured with Missy 2021)

Observant: Damon said he sees people get caught up in themselves when it comes to using the different web platforms, describing the situation as ‘crazy’ (pictured with Missy 2021) 

‘Oh my god there are 40000 likes in two minutes. That is nothing compared to the real heavyweights of that world.’

Meanwhile, it seems Damon’s aversion to technology may go back to his childhood as he once cut communication off for his whole village after interfering with the telephone exchange so he didn’t have to make a phone call.

He recalled: ‘My mum gets angry at me sometimes… I never liked phones. 

‘I hated phones so much. I remember I had to phone someone to say thank you for something.

‘Rather than do that I went at night… to where the telephone exchange was and pulled all the wires out and put it back together so the whole village didn’t work.

‘I just wanted to take my house.’

Life on the edge: However, the star admits he does sometimes hijack his Gorillaz co-creator pal Jamie Hewlett's Instagram account, with Jamie having more than 480,000 followers (pictured 2017)

Life on the edge: However, the star admits he does sometimes hijack his Gorillaz co-creator pal Jamie Hewlett’s Instagram account, with Jamie having more than 480,000 followers (pictured 2017)

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