Coogan la­bels for­mer love Court­ney a ‘nuts’ stalker

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ASERIOUS Os­car con­tender for his per­for­mance in the forth­com­ing Hol­ly­wood film Stan & Ol­lie, Steve Coogan has de­cided to clear out the skele­tons from his closet. The ac­tor

and co­me­dian, 53, who is best known in this coun­try for his po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect al­ter ego Alan Par­tridge, has spo­ken for the first time about his tu­mul­tuous, drug-fu­elled ro­mance with Court­ney Love, 54.

Coogan has made the as­ton­ish­ing claim that the hugely wealthy widow of Nir­vana rock star Kurt Cobain paid peo­ple to fol­low him af­ter their split. Speak­ing at a party in Lon­don’s Soho, Coogan tells me: ‘She hired a pri­vate de­tec­tive to stalk me — she’s nuts.’

Court­ney does not deny the al­le­ga­tion, but ex­presses dis­ap­point­ment that Coogan has cho­sen to speak about their ro­mance, which took place back in 2005. ‘I truly be­lieved we all had moved on from this wreck­age of the past,’ she tells me.

His re­marks do not, how­ever, di­min­ish her re­spect for his work. She adds of Coogan, who plays Stan Lau­rel in the film biopic of Lau­rel and Hardy: think he’s a comedic ge­nius.’

At the time their ro­mance ended, Court­ney had raged from Los An­ge­les: ‘There’s just some peo­ple who are good in­flu­ences and some peo­ple who aren’t good in­flu­ences. Hope­fully, the guy [Coogan] leaves us alone in this town and goes back to Brighton, or wher­ever the hell he’s from, and just maybe stays there.’

Coogan, who re­vealed in his 2015 mem­oir, Eas­ily Dis­tracted, that he was once rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter tak­ing too much co­caine, in­sists he’s not con­cerned about new rev­e­la­tions from his past. ‘I’ve noth­ing to hide,’ he tells me. ‘I’m not wor­ried about any­one com­ing out against me — all my re­la­tion­ships have been con­sen­sual.’

You will not, how­ever, find him on hook-up web­sites. ‘I don’t do dat­ing apps,’ he says. ‘ I’m not on

Tin­der.’

Pic­tures: GETTY IM­AGES/REX

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