He wanted people to text yet more dosh to deal with this cause so close to his heart - but wound up chatting to, and swearing amply in the presence of, a little boy, Alfie, surely up way past his bedtime.
In an interview last week with the Daily Mail's David Wigg, he reveals that the surgery had some unexpected results: 'If there’s a bonus, it is that the operations have opened up my nasal cavity and cleared my sinuses, which has had a beneficial effect on my voice.’He has also defended his relationship with 21-year-old Louise Harris.
The singer, who has sold seven million records, says of the 22-year age gap: ‘It feels right. God, after two brain ops, the radiotherapy and all the medication I still take .
His sexuality has been the subject of a lively internet debate in recent years.
Speculation was sparked by an interview he gave to the gay magazine Out in March 2011 while playing a homosexual character in an off-Broadway play, The Pride.
His mother Linda worked at the cosmetics counter in John Lewis while his father Jose played football for Stevenage before moving into a career in IT.
He also has a twin brother, James, who is 6ft tall and fair. And an ill-judged remark by Simon Amstell, best known for his stint hosting Never Mind the Buzzcocks, stunned BBC Breakfast presenters and viewers yesterday morning. 'His remark was met with an uncomfortable giggle from both hosts, who quickly reprimanded him.'Now you do have to stop talking,' Turnbull said seriously, as Williams pointed out Watson, who was side of stage waiting for his interview.'He's right there,' she exclaimed, gesturing apologetically to the off-camera Watson, adding: 'He'll hit you on the way out.'Williams attempted to lighten the awkward moment, saying: 'That was a Buzzcocks moment there.' Awkward: Williams gestured apologetically to Watson, who was waiting side of stage The comment about the singer, who has suffered two devastating brain tumours in recent years, came after Amstell admitted he has been kept awake at night by some of his more insensitive remarks.'I could have been more sensitive about people's emotions,' he said earlier in the interview about past jokes. 'Watson appeared next on the programme, to talk about overcoming the brain tumours.The oddball comedian made an insensitive remark about Russell Watson's battle with brain tumours at the end of an awkward interview with presenters Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams on the programme. The 43-year-old tenor recently revealed that he contemplated suicide during the surgery, weeks of radiation and resulting bout of depression he went through for the tumours that were discovered in 2006, and again a year later.A chance to see consummate despondent Morrissey in action as he celebrates 25 years as a solo artist with his first concert film in almost a decade.Filmed at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles in March 2013, with a charismatic cameo from superfan Russell Brand.Whishaw is widely regarded as one of the most naturally gifted actors of his generation.