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Singer Manson introduces new husband to students in Paisley

Scottish singer Shirley Manson showed off her new husband for the first time yesterday.

Manson appeared alongside US record producer Billy Bush in Paisley to talk to students at the University of the West of Scotland.

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In May, she told TV host Craig Ferguson that she had wed an American at a secret ceremony in Las Vegas, but until yesterday she been coy about revealing her new spouse’s identity.

Grammy-nominated Bush has worked with bands including Green Day, Limp Bizkit, Korn and Muse.

Edinburgh-born Manson, 44, who was previously married to sculptor Eddie Farrell, also confirmed she was recording a new album with her band Garbage. “I’m working on a record right now with the band. We’ve recorded quite a lot but it’s difficult to quantify,” she said.

“It’s the first one in a long time. I took about five years off. I’d like to do some touring next year.” She did not elaborate on the musical direction of the new album or when it would be released. “We’re just winging it right now,” she said.

Rumours of a new release had been circulating since Manson hinted in February that she had been spending time in a recording studio.

The couple were in Paisley to give career advice to commercial music students. The secret of success, Manson revealed, was for artists to talk through their disagreements -- and share the proceeds. “When you get into a band, whether you are -- the main writer or whatever -- split the money equal ways. Then you will have a happy band. They are doing the same work as you.”

Bush warned students that the road to musical success was long and hard. He said: “There’s two things you have to accept in this industry. One is poverty and the other is failure. There’s a huge element of failure.”

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