Talking to him years after the initial Beatlemania-style hype had died down, Turner told me he was “absolutely petrified” at all the bullsh*t levelled at him. Remarkably, within just six months of that first cover interview, he was already bullish enough to publicly denounce his former self by saying that Arctic Monkeys’ 2006 stopgap single ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’ – released just a year after their ‘Five Minutes With…’ debut – was, effectively, his way of saying goodbye to the Alex Turner the entire country had fallen hard for.
I wrote on them in red ink: ‘I’ve got soul and I’m superbad!
’” Exactly two years after that gig – to the week, no less – and the tables had turned for all concerned.
ran a piece entitled ‘Arctic Monkeys: from men of the people to tax-dodgers’, prompting a statement on the following month, which called the allegations “misleading”, and added that the band had done nothing wrong legally and stood to gain nothing unjustly from any of their tax-related affairs.
Despite it, vast numbers of fans and critics laid into them.
We do know that he dated TV host/model Alexa Chung for four years and moved on to model Arielle Vandenberg for a couple years.
The Internet consensus seems to be that Turner and Vandenberg broke up earlier this year, which begs the question, which lovely lady should he date next? : “I like to think I walk the tightrope between Mike Skinner and Jarvis Cocker.” A bold statement, but also one that, cleverly, he knew couldn’t last.Just like Cocker jumping ship ahead of Britpop’s spectacular death in 1997, Turner was astute enough even as a 19-year-old to realise that if he was to survive the inevitable backlash against Arctic Monkeys’ phenomenal rise, there was no way he could carry on writing the same old songs as before: brilliant, life-affirming, common people songs about watching shit bands play the Sheffield venue he bartended at (‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’); about weird encounters with scummy men outside Arctic Monkeys’ Neepsend rehearsal space (‘When The Sun Goes Down’); and about being skint and desperately in need of the latest Reeboks (‘A Certain Romance’).To get to the point, does Alex Turner have a girlfriend? Alas, Turner doesn't have an Instagram or a Twitter account, so don't bother trying to troll for kiss pics. Talking to in 2011, Turner was still fondly recalling the “little adventure” they’d all had that night.