“Friends shun me”, claims Eric Clapton over his controversial stance on Covid-19 vaccines

Eric Clapton has lost friends because of his stance as an anti-vaxxer.

The guitarist – who is double-jabbed – is against lockdown.

He has also vowed not to perform at gigs where proof of immunisation is needed.

Clapton, 76, even cut a Covid-19 protest song – “Stand and Deliver” – with fellow sceptic, singer Van Morrison.

Clapton said: “My family and friends think I am a crackpot anyway.

“Over the last year, there’s been a lot of disappearing – a lot of dust around, with people moving away quite quickly.

“It has, for me, refined the kind of friendship I have.

“And it’s dwindled down to the people that I obviously really need and love.

“Inside my family, that became quite pivotal.

“I’ve got teenage girls, and an older girl who’s in her thirties – and they’ve all had to kind of give me leeway because I haven’t been able to convince any of them.”

Clapton told the Daily Star:

“I would try to reach out to fellow musicians and sometimes I just don’t hear from them.

“My phone doesn’t ring very often.

“I don’t get that many texts and emails anymore.”

About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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