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Imelda May was snubbed by Bob Geldof in pleas to take part in Band Aid


Imelda May has revealed that Bob Geldof snubbed her pleas to take part in Band Aid 30.

The Rockabilly singer wanted to join the line-up who re-recorded Do They Know It’s Christmas? to help raise cash for Ebola victims.

But Boomtown Rats frontman – and fellow Dubliner – Bob wasn’t interested in her involvement.

She said: “I wanted to get involved but they wouldn’t have me. I asked Bob Geldof and we got an answer back — just ‘no’.”

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Since its release, it has been criticised for some of its lyrics – although Sinead O’Connor, who features on the track, hit back.

And Imelda said that despite the controversy over the lyrics it actually made her even more disappointed that she couldn’t take part.

She said: “I heard all the others were involved and were giving out with being involved and I thought, ‘I would have done it.’

“I wouldn’t have given out about it. I on it giving thought it was great.

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“I had one day off actually and I said I’d love to do it — if you need anybody else I would love to do it because I think it’s a terrific cause.

“And there was a big thing going on about it. People were saying the lyrics were wrong.”

She added: “I don’t think that really matters to somebody who’s lying somewhere with a baby dying in their arms.

“I don’t think that really matters to them as long as the money gets over there. I wanted to be part of it.”