In a move that’s stunned the music business it has just been announced today that Dido will play a 27 date solo world tour next year without long-time stage partner Aeneas.

Music journalist and 6 Music presenter Stuart Maconie commented: ‘This is the biggest split since Robbie left Take That for the 27th time and it has really shocked everyone. For Dido to now go it alone with out Aeneas suggests to me that there must have been some pretty heavy behind-the-scenes irreconcilable bust-up between the pair. Certainly there have previously been rumours about a substantial out-of-court settlement over an acrimonious royalties row.’

English Baroque Composer, Henry Purcell, who first put the pair together when they auditioned separately for an opera he was writing in 1688 wasn’t available for comment but a statement on his management company’s website read – verily ’tis only baroque ‘n’ roll but yet ’tis most pleasing to me.

Meanwhile grief counseling charity, The Samaritans, is reporting calls to its emergency helpline have increased dramatically since the news broke, with hundreds of distraught fans phoning them in floods of tears completely inconsolable with grief. Said one call handler: ‘I’ve been in this game now for longer than I care remember and the last time I can recall anything remotely like this was when Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks once had a bit of an on-stage tiff.’