Duffy - Duffy's Man Got His Boss To Play Cupid
Welsh soul sensation Duffy's rugby star boyfriend set his sights on the singer years before they met - and asked his management team to pursue her for a date.
Rugby hunk Michael Phillips fell for the Mercy hitmaker when she released her debut album Rockferry in 2008, and told his teammates he would get his girl in the end.
And after rugby bosses asked what they could get him as a treat following a world tour, he only wanted one thing - a date with Duffy.
She tells Britain's You magazine, "It's different for him, because he'd seen me in the press and had been telling his friends for years I was the girl for him. Yeah - going, 'That's my girl!' He said he bought Rockferry and knew that I needed him. But it's different for me because I met him in almost a chance encounter. He was waiting for his moment.
"He was doing a British Lions (rugby) tour. At the end, the organisers asked the players what they wanted - a trip to the Caribbean or whatever - but Mike said, 'I would love it if you could organise a date with Duffy.' And then I got a note which said, 'We represent Michael Phillips and he has asked if you'd like to go on a date.' I've had a few of those.
"I'm not going to lie and pretend this came out of the blue, but because he was Welsh, I YouTubed him. He was doing an interview for the Lions and he was giggling. My friends egged me on, by the way, and my sisters. So I rang him and said, 'Is this Michael? It's Duffy.' And the first thing he said to me was, 'Oh, f**king hell!' I said, 'Is this inconvenient?' I thought I could handle myself but I just crumbled. I put the phone down and then I rang him back. I said, 'I messed that up. Can we start again?'"