It was one of pop's enduring mysteries: who was Kate Bush singing about in her early smash 'The Man With The Child In His Eyes'?
Three decades after the song helped turn Bush into a star, we've finally been put out of our misery.
For reasons best known to himself, the boyfriend who inspired the 1978 hit has decided now is the perfect moment to 'out' himself.
Steve Blacknell, a former TV host who still lives in Bush's home town of East Wickham, Kent, says the lyrics were written when he and the 'Wuthering Heights' star were in the first flush of youthful romance.
"She was my first true love," said Blacknell. "All I really knew about her was that she wrote songs, played the piano and lived in a lovely house with an equally lovely family."
This is more of a bombshell than you might think. Bush devotees have long assumed 'The Man With The Child In His Eyes' was addressed to Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour, who produced the track and the accompanying album The Kick Inside.
However, Blacknell says someone 'very close' to Bush has told him he's the 'man' in question.
As a token of her affection, he says, the young Bush even sent him the original handwritten lyrics, penned in pink and with circles instead of dots over the 'i's (which he's 'er put up for auction for £10,000).
"She had her heart set on becoming a global star and I was going to be a flash DJ," he recalled. "When I first heard her music I thought, 'Oh my God'. It made my soul stand on end. I realised I was in love with a genius."Source