Damon Albarn said he always had a sense he “wasn’t just English” as he revealed he has become an Icelandic citizen.
The Blur star, whose mum’s family are originally from Denmark, was awarded his new citizenship last year and said it was “deep”.
Speaking on Apple Music 1, he said: “It’s a deep one because my mum’s family is originally from Denmark, so I’ve always had a sense that I wasn’t just English.
“When I went to Iceland, the first time, it was as a result of a recurring childhood dream of levitating over black sand, but they had no geography to it.
“Obviously it could have been New Zealand and we’d be having an entirely different conversation now, but I’m glad that it was Iceland that I identified with.”
Albarn, 53, also gave host Zane Lowe an update on the Gorillaz film and revealed that he has been having writing sessions with Netflix in Malibu.
There has long been talk of a film about the virtual band - which Albarn formed with artist Jamie Hewlett more than 20 years ago - and the star has said things are moving forwards.
“It’s really exciting to do that,” said Albarn.
“It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. It’s been through so many incarnations. Gorillaz doing a movie. Honestly."
“But Netflix, I don’t know," he went on.
"Apart from them kind of running this city now, I mean – it’s just extraordinary to see how ubiquitous they are now.
“They just seem like they’re a good creative team, you know?
“But I can’t say anything more about it, obviously.”
The full interview is available on demand on Apple Music.
Additional reporting from PA.
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