Morrissey Calls President Barack Obama 'White Inside' On Response To Ferguson Riots, Opens Up On Depression, Cancer Diagnosis

Morrissey has never been backwards at coming forwards when it comes to expressing his more extreme opinions, but he appears to have surpassed himself - calling the black US president "white inside" when it comes to his response to the Ferguson riots.

In conversation with his host on Larry King Now on Ora TV, the former Smiths frontman says that President Obama "disappointed a lot of people" with his response supporting police to the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.

"I don’t think with places like Ferguson and so on that [Obama has] really helped his own people," Morrissey tells Larry King. "So is Obama, is he white inside? That's a very logical question, but I think he probably is."

The full interview will be broadcast on Ora TV later today, but preview clips have revealed one of pop's big thinkers in full flow.

And he opens up about more personal topics, including his cancer diagnosis, his battle with depression and an alleged sexual assault against him that took place at a US airport.

Of his cancer diagnosis, he tells Larry King that he's currently in "blooming" health. He explains, "Barrett’s cancer, it’s in the oesophagus. They scrape it occasionally and I have medication, but I’m OK. Lots of people have it and they fade away, lots of people have it and they don’t fade away.”

His depression, however, remains a constant, ever since he first took antidepressants aged 17.

“For me, it never gets better,” he tells King. “I’ve had it for many years. I refer to it as the ‘black dog’. It doesn’t go away. It’s usually the very first thing when you wake up, there is no cure, and I think it’s part of being a sensitive, open human.

“I don’t [take medication], I’ve been through everything, it’s pointless. It’s a frame of mind, a state of mind, it’s circumstantial.”

Morrissey remains indignant about a sexual assault he claims he suffered at the hands of a security guard at an airport in the States. He tells Larry King, "he went straight for my private bits and then he put his finger down my rear cleavage" and adds that, although he made a complaint, nothing happened.