British singer/songwriter PASSENGER hopes CHER will forgive him for his blistering attack on her in the lyrics of his new song I HATE.
The newcomer, real name Mike Rosenberg, took aim at the pop superstar while writing the song, claiming her face "looks like it's been hit by a truck" - and the words stuck.
Now, Passenger insists he was just in a terrible mood when he penned the lyrics in the back of a really hot bus while touring in Australia - and he doesn't want Cher to take his attack too seriously.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It was just harmless p**s-taking, really... Some people have gotten really offended with that line.
"I have nothing against Cher. I think she's amazing. But it was funny!"