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Blur star Damon Albarn finally passes his driving test aged 52 and buys £65,000 Range Rover as his first car


SINGER Damon Albarn has finally passed his driving test aged 52 – and bought a £65,000 Range Rover as his first car.

The Blur frontman, who has a fortune worth £10 million, decided to learn to drive to make it easier to get between his west London pad and his big house in the country in Devon.

His Range Rover Sport goes from 0 to 60mph in eight seconds and has a top speed of 130mph – much speedier than most new drivers’ first set of wheels.

Damon spent lockdown in an isolated farmhouse in South Devon which he bought in 1995 with his “Ill-gotten gains from Parklife”.

He previously told The Times: “It was the first time I ever had any money and it was the first thing I ever bought.

“Everyone’s been telling me I’ve been mad for years. Why did you buy this remote farmhouse in the middle of nowhere? But now everyone thinks I’m a genius.”

He used the extra free time during the pandemic to practise for his driving test having lost his licence 20 years ago and “never bothered” to get it back.

A friend of the singer, who is now 53, told the Mail on Sunday: “Damon loved his time in Devon during lockdown and would love to spend much more time there.

“But getting there on public transport would be a nightmare, so he decided to take the plunge and finally learn to drive himself around.”

They added he had been practising his driving with his wife Suzi Winstanley, his partner of 24 years and mother to their daughter Missy, 21.

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