Stipe Dismisses Cobain Sex Story

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May 19, 2011 | 7:30am EST

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has put to bed rumours he once enjoyed a sexual fling with Nirvana star Kurt Cobain.
The two rockers developed a close bond in the 1990s, sparking rumours they had slept together – but now Stipe is speaking out to clear up the speculation.

He tells the New York Post’s Page Six, “Let’s set the record straight… Kurt was a really sweet man, and we never had sex. All right? There’s your exclusive.”

Stipe offered to record a duet with Cobain in a desperate attempt to prevent him from committing suicide in the months leading up to his 1994 death.