My memory of the story is he had a friend that was ill and passed away. I'm also not sure about his family being abandoned by his father. Divorce is different than "walking out". Or perhaps my understanding of the term is flawed.
I don't for a moment doubt that you read it somewhere, more facts might have been constructed to give a greater dramatic edge to the article, particularly in those early years.
Well, I was being wayward with the term "walked out", I meant he left the house and they split up.
The point is his mother and father didn't get on and his father was of the Football and pub brigade.
Morrissey always felt he had a strained relationship with his father- made even worse by the fact when Morrissey was in the Smiths his Dad would turn up drunk and try to mount the stage (at the early gigs).
His mother was left to carry the can. I didn't mean Father Moz said he was going for a packet of crisps never to return ( even though his son would use a similar technique to avoid the studio in later years).
Off Topic (quelle Surprise), once Sean Hughes (I think) was going to conduct an interview with Father Moz for TV.... Father Moz didn't turn up for the Interview (like father like son).
I remember the ill friend, yes indeed. I was tempted to Google Morrisseys Suicide Friend, but my mind shuddered at what might pop up