Music journalist and promoter. Born:
ANNIK Honore, who has died aged 56, was a secretary at the Belgian embassy in
Some say their relationship played a role in Curtis's suicide in 1980, when he and the band had just become the next big thing in British rock music. Curtis's wife Deborah blamed Honore for being his lover. The Belgian kept a low profile for the rest of her life but eventually insisted she and Curtis had only been platonic friends, that their relationship was music-based, and that his epilepsy had been her main concern.
"It was a pure and platonic relationship, very infantile, very chaste," she said many years later. "I didn't have a sexual relation with Ian. He was on medication for his epilepsy which, I think, made a physical relationship impossible. I'm fed up with people who cast doubt on my word or his. To this day, I wish Ian's daughter (from his marriage to Deborah) will ring my doorbell so that I can tell her the true story."
Honore went on to become a music journalist and promoter, always trying, to her credit, to avoid the link with
Honore's name became widely-known in the British music media and the tabloids, mostly after Curtis hanged himself at home in
Whatever the case, Honore was generally billed as a femme fatale or even a devil woman in subsequent films and documentaries about Curtis. These included Control (2007, directed by
Honore was born on
After graduating from what was then the
Having decided that music, rather than diplomacy or typing, was her first love, she returned to
The gig gave the band an expanded width and confidence, with people screaming for them in multiple languages, but for Curtis perhaps a growing fear of where he was headed. Largely on the basis of Joy Division's appeal, Honore and her business partner
After the band appeared in
Honore retired from the music business in the 1980s and used her language skills to work for the
Music journalist and promoter.