Adam Ant sectioned under Mental Health Act

Updated: May 22, 2010, 10:10 AM IST

London: Adam Ant, the 80`s pop star who found fame for his flamboyant costumes and `punk` attitude has been sectioned in a mental hospital after a series of bizarre public appearances.

The `Prince Charming` hit-maker, who suffers from bipolar disorder, has been hospitalised under the Mental Health Act, reported Daily Mail online.

It follows a series of troubled public appearances, including a concert last week where he unleashed a tirade of abuse at Christians during a charity gig.

A message posted by the star on his website read, "Ant fans - please send me postcards at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Fulham Road. Please don`t come down here as it may upset the staff who have been really pleasant. I am having a well earned rest at Her Majesty`s Pleasure and am painting and continuing being an art student. I have a great view and am considering gigs later in the year."

According to an `Adam & The Ants` fansite, the singer was sectioned after an unspecified incident on Tuesday evening.

The 55-year-old star, real name Stuart Goddard, stunned fans in Portsmouth, South East England, last week when he invited a four-year-old boy up on stage and began to teach him the words to The Who`s `My Generation`, before screaming obscenities at frustrated fans who tried to leave the show.

In 2002, Adam hit the headlines when he threatened drinkers in a London bar with an imitation pistol, but escaped jail on mental health grounds.

He was sectioned in September 2003 after a dispute with a neighbour, where he threatened to smash in his doors with a shovel and was eventually found naked in a café basement.

Adam, who has been hospitalised several times, recently declared his intention to resume performing for the sake of his 12-year-old daughter Lily, insisting he had overcome his problems.

"Lily has never seen Adam perform and doesn`t know what The Ants were all about. I`ve had this life-long battle against manic depression, but I`ve had to overcome it for her sake. Times got bad. I lost my mind. But I`m back," he had said.