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I like hanging around with cool people... what sex they are is irrelevant; FUN LOVIN' CRIMINAL HUEY MORGAN ON HIS REPUTATION AS A LADIES' MAN.

Byline: VINCENT O'KEEFE

HE'S been dubbed "The Coolest Man On Earth", a babe-magnet who turns over female consorts faster than chart hits.

And Fun Lovin' Criminals' frontman Huey Morgan takes full advantage of his funky rock god status as he tours the world.

Footloose and fancy free, half-Irish Morgan has enjoyed trysts with a string of beauties, including Andrea Corr and Nicole Appleton of All Saints.

Huey and Andrea linked up last year while playing in Ireland. During the Fun Lovin' Criminals' show in Belfast last year, he dedicated the Louis Armstrong classic, What A Wonderful World, to Andrea.

Huey and Andrea later spent several days in each other's company and were seen kissing and cuddling, but it didn't develop into a fully-fledged romance.

Now Huey has revealed what happened when he asked Andrea Corr out for dinner.

"I turned up for dinner wearing a pair of army pants and an army jacket.

"I had a shaved head as well, so I looked like a criminal. She told me I had to change.

"But I was having none of it and I stayed in the clobber I had on. She was really cool about it. But most girls get mad when I ask them out and say, `You didn't tell me you were dressing down'."

Supermodel Bridget Hall was floored by his rugged appeal and dated the FLC hunk for a couple of months last year after meeting him at a friend's party in Oxford.

Virgin Radio presenter Gail Porter was also happy to be on his arm while Huey was based in London.

And the FLC singer, whose tracks include the Barry White homage Love Unlimited, has also stepped out with stunning MTV girl Cath who fell for his charms after interviewing Huey on her show CD:UK.

The couple were later spotted laughing and kissing at London's swanky Mirabelle restaurant, where they were more interested in each other than what was on their plates.

One on-looker said: "They were sitting on the same side of the table and Cath put her hand on Huey's lap under the table.

"They didn't seem to care who saw them."

And amazingly, Huey has managed to stay on good terms with all the girls he's loved and left.

So what is the secret of his success with women?

The women he has dated are apprently impressed by the fact that he is incredibly loyal to people who enter his life.

He also doesn't boast about his conquests, doesn't kiss-and-tell and is a gentleman as well as a playboy.

He fends off questions about his image as a ladies' man by saying: "I have a lot of friends who are women and a lot of friends who are men.

"I don't like to get involved in too much discrimination. I just like being around cool people. What sex they are is pretty irrelevant to me."

He admits his stint in the army probably saved him from a life of crime.

"It was a choice," he says, "either the army or jail."

While he is now an icon on the world stage, Huey reckons he's coping well with his fame.

"I don't really think about it. I guess the opinion you have of yourself is more important than the opinion other people have of you.

"That's kind of how I was brought up. That's how my mind's set. A lot of people in the music business actually value other people's opinions of them and that's when you get into trouble."

Huey is a regular visitor to Ireland where the Fun Lovin' Criminals have built up a huge live following, as proved by their four sell-out shows in Dublin's Olympia Theatre last year.

And for Huey their success here is a really sweet taste.

"I have so many Irish friends in New York and I'm half-Irish myself, so obviously I am happy that we seem to have found an audience in Ireland.

"We've made some good friends there and I like the vibe in Dublin.

"It's very relaxed and that appeals to me."

And the thirsty group are aleady gearing up for their three dates in Dublin at the Olmpia Theatre from March 1.

They have ordered for backstage at their Irish gigs: 15 cases of Carling lager for before and after the show; 30 Mars bars; 20 cheeseburgers; 10 Goodfellas Pizzas - Margarita with no tomatoes and a fridge full of Haagan Daz vanilla ice cream.

While in Ireland Huey has plans to meet up with his good friend and publican Dermot Doran.

Dermot explains: "Huey drops in here at my pub Eamon Doran's any time he is in Dublin and he really likes it here.

"He can unwind and have a beer and play pool until the early hours.

"Sometimes he goes up on stage and treats us all to a session which is really wild.

"But the word has spread and I can imagine there will be a crowd in here every night, just in case Huey drops in."

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NO STRINGS: Frontman Morgan; FUN LOVIN': Criminals' singer Huey Morgan has some unusual chat-up lines for girlfriends; GIRL FRIENDS: MTV's Cath and Andrea Corr, left, have both gone out on dates with Huey
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2001
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