Shane MacGowan, 65, home for Christmas after five months in hospital
Shane MacGowan is going to be home for Christmas Day, when he also turns 66 (Picture: X/@Victoriamary)

Shane MacGowan’s wife has revealed The Pogues frontman is out of hospital after he was admitted in June.

Victoria Mary Clarke – who married the 65-year-old Fairytale of New York hitmaker in 2018 – has been keeping fans updated on how he’s doing since he was hospitalised five months ago.

Exact details of Shane’s condition are unknown, but he did suffer a rare brain condition encephalitis last Christmas.

This is a life-threatening condition that causes the brain to swell and has the potential to cause loss of movement and difficulty with speech.

Taking to social media, journalist Victoria shared a picture of Shane and wrote: ‘Shane got out of the hospital! We are deeply and eternally grateful to all of the doctors and nurses and staff at St Vincent’s it’s the best ! And special thanks to Tom Creagh and Brian Corscadden for your help.’

Fans flooded social media with thanks for the update, and well wishes for Shane, as one wrote: ‘Thank you for the updates. He’ll be in my thoughts this holiday season xo.’

Shane MacGowan smiles from hospital bed
Shane’s wife Victoria Clarke has been keeping fans updated on Shane’s condition (Picture: X/@Victoriamary)
Shane MacGowan and wife Victoria
She spoke candidly not long ago about fearing the worst (Picture: X/@Victoriamary)

Another wrote: ‘Victoria Mary, I’m SO happy for both of you & for all of us! I’m in America and Shane getting to be back home is one of the things I’m incredibly grateful for today on Thanksgiving!’

This comes after the 57-year-old earlier this month wrote about her huge worry in an Instagram post, saying she was ‘facing terrifying fears of loss’.

She wrote: ‘Love is the most beautiful and powerful thing that we can experience as humans but love can also feel painful especially if you are afraid of losing a person or anything else that you love.’

In the lengthy post, the Irish journalist continued: ‘Sometimes when you love very deeply you will find yourself facing terrifying fears of loss that can feel so big and devastating that you don’t know how you can survive them and you can’t imagine life without this person that you love.’

Former Pogues member Shane MacGowan performs on stage with his group The Popes, at the 10th annual Fleadh, in Finsbury Park, north London.
Shane is the lead singer of The Pogues, whose song Fairytale of New York is a annual festive favourite (Picture: PA)

Throughout his time in hospital, Shane was visited by a number of friends, including sound engineer Tom Creagh, who is by his side in this most recent photo shared by Victoria, in which the Dirty Old Town hitmaker is seen lying in hospital wearing a hat and scarf.

Irish musician Imelda May went to see the frontman just days ago, and back in May – before Shane was admitted for his lengthy stay the following month – Bruce Springsteen even dropped by.

Writing about the Born In The USA rocker’s visit, Victoria wrote online: ‘What an amazing honour and a beautiful experience to get a visit from The Boss!!!’

⁩She added: ‘Such a truly wonderful man and a total genius!’

The Pogues reached international fame in the 1980s and early 1990s, after they were founded in Kings Cross under the name Pogue Mahoe – the anglicisation of the Irish Gaelic póg mo thóin, meaning ‘kiss my arse’.

Alongside their festive classic, other hits include Dirty Old Town, Sally MacLennane, and If I Should Fall From Grace.

Shane was born in Kent, England to Irish parents in in 1957. He turns 66 on December 25 when – as the lyrics in his famed festive song go – ‘the bells are ringing out for Christmas Day’.

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